This Teen Fell 10,000ft In An Amazon Plane Crash. This Is The Story Of Her Miraculous Survival

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Thousands of feet above the thick canopy of the Amazon jungle, a passenger plane hits trouble in stormy skies. Then, after lightning strikes the wing, the craft’s fuselage disintegrates, sending 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke hurtling down towards the ground below. She’s still strapped into her seat as she goes into a tailspin. The teenager sees the Amazon coming up to greet her – before, perhaps gratefully, she loses all consciousness.

Juliane was born on October 10, 1954, in Lima, the capital city of Peru. Her German parents, Maria and Hans-Wilhelm, were both zoologists employed by the Javier Prado Museum of Natural History. As a result, Juliane developed a passion for nature from a young age. Then, when she was just 14 years old, the family relocated into the depths of the Amazon rainforest.

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