When I Fell From the Sky 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 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 eleven days she crawls and walks alone through the jungle, fighting for her survival again with hunger and despair her only companions as maggots eat 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 and

About Juliane Koepcke

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Ross Benjamin is a writer and translator living in Nyack, New York.
Published November 1, 2011 by Titletown Publishing, LLC. 227 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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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.

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The film worked like therapy and freed Juliane from her “protective shield.” Yet readers still sense she would rather take the details to her grave.

Dec 15 2011 | Read Full Review of When I Fell From the Sky

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