It is known as “The Miracle of the Andes.” A plane of people, including Uruguayan Rugby players crashed in a remote area of the Andes mountain range. In waiting for help, they were forced to turn to eating the flesh of the passengers who died during the crash. Their story was made into a Hollywood movie in 1993, “Alive,” starring Ethan Hawke. True story or another public hoax?
A regular commenter here picked this event apart in his new blog: Vexman’s Thoughts. Check it out. Here’s how he starts:
I turned on my radio in the morning and there was a lady host talking about the events that happened on 23rd of December throughout recorded history. As she was talking about some events I don’t even remember anymore, she mentioned the airplane crash/accident/incident of Andes, that famous / notorious aircrash that happened in 1972. Allegedly, an airplane with entire Uruguay football team and other passengers got into a bad weather and crashed somewhere in the high Andes region, I even remember watching that movie » Alive« when it was released. As the speaker on the radio mentioned few facts about it, I caught myself laughing – the event occurred on Friday, 13th of October 1972 (1+3+1+0=5, 7+2=9), there were 45 (9×5) passengers at take off , 16 survivors (1+6=7), 29 dead (2+9=11) , all remaining survivors rescued after 72 (7+2=9) days on 12/23 1972. Although I laughed, there was a second thought to it and I certainly didn’t want to make fun of those people, who may have actually died there. So the joyride began, I digged into it.
First stop was at Wickedpedia and immediately some more numerology jumped at me – the unlucky flight was Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 (5+7+1=13). But that may all be just coincidental numbers, meaning nothing in particular, so let’s look at some more details.
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