Having spent the airline food supplies, the survivors decided to eat the flesh of the dead, which was preserved in the snow. They started with the pilot.
The survivors of a plane crash in the Andes were found on this day. They survived for 72 days in the mountains at an altitude of about 3,600 meters. The accident occurred when an Uruguayan plane with 45 passengers and crew members, due to a control flight error, crashed into a mountain around the border of Chile and Argentina. The Uruguayan rugby team was in the aircraft, on the way to a match in Chile. Twelve people died in the crash, and another six died a short time later. Others were freezing in the cold snow-covered Andean mountains. The search was canceled after eight days, since it was shown that the white fuselage was impossible to find in the snow. Having spent the airline food supplies, the survivors decided to eat the flesh of the deceased, which was preserved in the snow. They started with the pilot. Two passengers went in search of help and, after 10 days, came upon a Chilean herder. On this day all the remaining survivors from the crash were saved. In total, only 16 people survived.