By Ann Weil
To be used IN colleges AND LIBRARIES in simple terms. A compilation of actual tales of numerous air mess ups.
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You’re afraid you’ll freeze to death in your sleep. Worst of all, there’s nothing to eat. This is what happened to a group of South American Rugby players and their families. They chartered an airplane. They wanted to go from Uruguay to Chile. 5 hours. But their plane crashed into the Andes Mountains. Their ordeal lasted 72 days. Fun and Games The plane left Carasco airport in Uruguay. The first hours of the flight were uneventful. Most of the players were in their late teens and early twenties.
Were doing just that. The city’s National Airport was full of people in search of warmer weather down south. C. that day. Snow piled up on the runways. The airport closed so the runways could be plowed. It took about an hour and a half to clear away the snow. No planes could take off during this time. This made a lot of flights late. The airport reopened. Planes were lined up for takeoff. One of them was bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There were 74 passengers on board. 45 Visibility was poor.
The pilot expected to see flat, green fields. Instead he saw sharp peaks and ridges. The passengers saw this, too. The snowy mountains were just 10 feet from the window! The pilot tried to save the plane. But he couldn’t get the plane to climb fast enough. The engines screamed. Many of the passengers began to pray. 36 For some of them, these were their last moments alive. Crash! The plane crashed into the side of a mountain. One of the wings was ripped off. The severed wing cut off the tail. Five people were sucked out instantly.