Koepke writes a note to friends in Lima, Peru, after recovering from her injuries // Survivor Juliane Koepcke writes a note to friends following her return to Lima, Peru (AP/PA)

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Koepke writes a note to friends in Lima, Peru, after recovering from her injuries

One of the most courageous stories of survival is that of Juliane Koepcke. On Christmas Eve 1971, the then 17-year-old was travelling with her mother on a flight from Lima, Peru, to Pucallpa when their plane was struck by lightning and broke up in midair. The last thing Koepcke remembered was spinning through the air.

She awoke three hours later, still strapped into her seat, to find herself in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Koepcke searched in vain for her mother but found only empty seats and dead bodies. Of the 92 people on board, the teenager was the lone survivor... (read on)

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