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When I Fell from the Sky
     

When I Fell from the Sky

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by Juliane Koepcke
 

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She was 17-years-old on a Christmas Eve flight 40 years ago to join her father for Christmas when the unimaginable happened. The Lockheed L-188A Electra, on the way from Lima to Pucallpa, flew directly into a thunderstorm. A strike of lightning left the plane incinerated and Juliane Diller (Koepcke) still strapped to her plane seat falling through the night air two

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She was 17-years-old on a Christmas Eve flight 40 years ago to join her father for Christmas when the unimaginable happened. The Lockheed L-188A Electra, on the way from Lima to Pucallpa, flew directly into a thunderstorm. A strike of lightning left the plane incinerated and Juliane Diller (Koepcke) still strapped to her plane seat falling through the night air two miles above the Earth. Her survival is unexplainable and considered a modern day miracle. Her mother was among the 91 dead and Juliane the sole survivor. For 11 days she crawled and walked alone through the jungle, fighting for her survival again with hunger and despair her only companions as maggots ate their way into her wounds. Juliane ultimately survives and goes on to live an inspiring life as a scientist continually drawn back to the terrain that threatened to take her. On the 40th anniversary, she shares not only the private moments of her survival and rescue but her life in the wake of the dramatic true story.

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On Christmas Eve, 1971, 17-year-old Koepcke and her mother were flying from Lima to Pucallpa when their plane was struck by lightning during a freak storm. Catapulted from the plane two miles above the Peruvian rain forest, she landed in the jungle and miraculously survived. After regaining consciousness, she found herself alone and hurt, with a broken collarbone and a gash in her leg. Having spent a few years in the jungle during her youth, she was able to use the knowledge she had accumulated to survive, and, after an 11-day trek, she stumbled into the camp of three forest workers and was saved. Koepcke later followed in her parents' footsteps to become a zoologist, dedicating her life to realizing their dream of creating a nature preserve in Panguana. Her memoir is a gripping account of a harrowing adventure and an inspiring life.
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When I Fell From the Sky: The True Story of One Woman's Miraculous Survival Juliane Koepcke, with Beate Rygiert, translated from the German by Ross Benjamin. Titletown Publishing (www.titletownpublishing.com), $22.95 (227p) On Christmas Eve, 1971, 17-year-old Koepcke and her mother were flying from Lima to Pucallpa when their plane was struck by lightning during a freak storm. Catapulted from the plane two miles above the Peruvian rain forest, she landed in the jungle and miraculously survived. After regaining consciousness, she found herself alone and hurt, with a broken collarbone and a gash in her leg. Having spent a few years in the jungle during her youth, she was able to use the knowledge she had accumulated to survive, and, after an 11-day trek, she stumbled into the camp of three forest workers and was saved. Koepcke later followed in her parents' footsteps to become a zoologist, dedicating her life to realizing their dream of creating a nature preserve in Panguana. Her memoir is a gripping account of a harrowing adventure and an inspiring life. — (Nov.) PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983754701
Publisher:
Titletown Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
227
Sales rank:
525,198
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Juliane Koepcke has gone on to devote her life to preserving the rain forest that caught and then saved her. Her story is one of miraculous and epic survival, as well as a “green”-inspired book that will leave all with a renewed respect and appreciation for the environment and our role in it.

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When I Fell from the Sky : The True Story of One Woman's Miraculous Survival 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BeachWriter More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting story as told by the Author. I had a bit of trouble with the flip-flopping between present and past, but once I got the hang of it, enjoyed the read. As a child, I lived in a neighboring country, so it was a bit nostalgic to relive the culture and smells, tastes from so many years ago. It's compelling and will likely cause you to think about your prupose on Earth - why you are here and what impact you should be making.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched an interview with Juliane Koepcke on one of the national news channels. Although I had not read or heard of this story before then, it seemed too unbelievable to be true. The book is written interweaving the past and the present life of the author. As a 17 year old girl, she and her mother flew out of Lima, Peru on what was considered a substandard airline, and encountered a horrific thunder storm, which tore the plane apart. She falls over 2 miles, strapped in her seat into a dense rain forest. The book chronicles her miraculous survival, while interweaving her present life. Being the only survivor and losing her mother in the crash, she deals with not only her grief but also her father's. This is a story of triumph and healing, and of preservation of nature's magnificent rain forests.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book starts you jumping from the past to the future, and at times confusing. But over all, you come out pulling Juliane, for and with her. But again she does come across as a arrogant spoiled person at times, but then you realize, she lived in the jungle, before and after the accident. I do wished she had written more about those 11 days.
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