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Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survived  
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6287 posts, RR: 17
Posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6566 times:

When reporting the recent tragic A330 crash, ABC news reported that since 1970 there have been 15 crashes where only one person survived. Can we name them all?

1987 NW MD-80 leaving DTW
2009 A310 off African Coast
1973 DL DC-9 at BOS, although 1 person was pulled from the wreckage alive, he/she died from those injuries months later. I don't know if that counts.

There was some lady on Fox News this morning, she was the lone survivor of a 1992 crash. Which crash was it?

What are the others?


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
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User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3811 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6504 times:

CNN had an article that listed 7 of them (plus Stephen Baltz in the 1960 TWA/UA collision over New York City)

Fate or fluke? Air crash sole survivors

LoneStarMike


User currently offlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5231 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6504 times:

A little known fact about PA103 is that rescue workers actually found a flight attendant on the ground that was still alive. Unfoturnately, she succumbed to her injuries within about 10 minutes of her discovery.


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User currently offlineAeolus From Mexico, joined Aug 2007, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 6446 times:

What about the CSA flight that got hit by a missile or something? Only one F/A survived... IIRC.

-Aeolus



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User currently offlineflyguy89 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 1888 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 6388 times:

Quoting OA412 (Reply 3):
A little known fact about PA103 is that rescue workers actually found a flight attendant on the ground that was still alive. Unfoturnately, she succumbed to her injuries within about 10 minutes of her discovery.

I did hear about that. Apparently she was found near the nose section and had a very weak pulse, but I've never heard official confirmation of this.


User currently offlineTobias2702 From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 6362 times:

I think the story of the sole survivor of LANSA Flight 508 from 1971 is quite shocking:

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/eu...rmany.aircrash.survivor/index.html

Imagine a girl alone in the jungle for 9 days.

[Edited 2010-05-14 14:30:47]

[Edited 2010-05-14 14:31:38]


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User currently offlineBOAC911 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6099 times:

Quoting Tobias2702 (Reply 5):
I think the story of the sole survivor of LANSA Flight 508 from 1971 is quite shocking:

The story of Juliane Koepcke was highly publicized in Germany, probably due to her german ancestry.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
What are the others?

The only one I can think of at this moment, is the small boy who survived a mid-air collision of a UA DC-8 and a TWA Constellation over Staten Island in December 1960. However he died less than 12 hours later.


User currently offlineUALFAson From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 689 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6051 times:

2006 - Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA--49 died; only the first officer survived


"We hope you've enjoyed flying with us as much as we've enjoyed taking you for a ride."
User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15695 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5959 times:

There was that flight attendant that survived on the JAT DC-9 bombed.


Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24639 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5937 times:

Quoting BOAC911 (Reply 6):
Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
What are the others?

The only one I can think of at this moment, is the small boy who survived a mid-air collision of a UA DC-8 and a TWA Constellation over Staten Island in December 1960. However he died less than 12 hours later.

He died about 24 hours later according to the news reports. Related 2002 story from the NY Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/24/ny...ell-from-the-sky.html?pagewanted=1

Front page of tne NY Times the day after the accident, with a photo of the boy at the bottom of the page where he was found in a snowbank with severe burns.
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/package...n/city_room/19601217_frontpage.pdf

That was also the first accident involving a DC-8.


User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3811 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5718 times:

Here's another link that lists all 15 crashes

Plane Crashes with a Sole Survivor

Quote:
The following events are those from 1970 to the present involving either jet airliners or selected large turboprop driven airliners where there was only a single survivor.

LoneStarMike


User currently offlineadxmatt From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 950 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5470 times:

What about the Korean Air B747 crash in Guam?

Wasn't there just 1 boy that survived?


User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7497 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5425 times:

Several survived. There were 254 people on board the B747. 223 died in the crash.

31 were found alive. 2 died enroute to the hospital and 3 died of their injuries within 30 days of the crash.

The three who died of their injuries had been flown to the US Army Burn Center in San Antonio, Texas due to the severity of their burns. A fourth severely burned patient flown to San Antonio also died of his injuries, but since his death was 67 days after the crash - it is not officially a crash fatality.

26 recovered from their injuries.


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4895 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5272 times:

14 November 1992; Vietnam Airlines Yak 40; Flight 474; Nha Trang, Vietnam The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang. During its approach to Nha Trang, it deviated from its assigned airway and struck a ridge. All six crew members and 24 of the 25 passengers were killed. A rescue team did not find either the crashed aircraft or the injured sole survivor, a woman named Annette Herfkens, for eight days.

Good friend of mine. She lost her newly married husband in the crash. Oddly, her boss ( Jamie Lupa, Banco Santander) believed she was still alive and flew to Vietnam on behalf of the family. he found her in care of some villagers in the mountains. Amazing story.


User currently offlineAutothrustBlue From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5272 times:

Quoting Aeolus (Reply 3):
What about the CSA flight that got hit by a missile or something? Only one F/A survived... IIRC.

Vesna Vulovic? Survived a fall from 33,000 ft after the DC-9 she was aboard exploded over what is now the Czech Republic. The other 27 passengers were killed.

Source: 2001 Guinness Book of world records



Power set.
User currently offlinekiwiinoz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5254 times:

Pretty sure they pulled a teenage girl out of that JAL 747 that crashed into the side of a mountain. And she was 1 out of about 500 passengers. Talk about beating the odds.

I guess this only covers airliners of a certain size? I'm sure there have been hundreds of light plane crashes with one survivor.


User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5080 times:

Quoting kiwiinoz (Reply 15):
Pretty sure they pulled a teenage girl out of that JAL 747 that crashed into the side of a mountain. And she was 1 out of about 500 passengers. Talk about beating the odds.

Were you talking about JAL123? I was quite sure 4 out of 524 passengers survived.



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2958 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5018 times:

Wiki article on the subject:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...of_aviation_accidents_or_incidents



The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlineradone From Romania, joined Jul 2009, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4508 times:

Actually there is one more accident, not included in the As list, which brings the total to 17: the TAROM TU154 (YR-TPH) crash in Mauritania on Aug 07 1980 with one survivor (a flight attendant) out of 168 occupants (154 passengers + 16 crew). The plane crashed on landing 300m short of runway.

User currently offlineglareskin From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 1303 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4480 times:

Ruben is the second Dutch sole survivor of a plane crash. The first was Annette Herfkens who survived a Vietnam Airlines flight in 1992.


There's still a long way to go before all the alliances deserve a star...
User currently offlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5231 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4396 times:

Quoting kiwiinoz (Reply 15):
Pretty sure they pulled a teenage girl out of that JAL 747 that crashed into the side of a mountain. And she was 1 out of about 500 passengers. Talk about beating the odds.
Quoting initious (Reply 16):
Were you talking about JAL123? I was quite sure 4 out of 524 passengers survived.

IIRC, it was actually 5 survivors.



Hughes Airwest - Top Banana In The West
User currently offline747WanSui From China, joined Jun 2005, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3778 times:

Quoting OA412 (Reply 20):

Nope, there were only 4 survivors.

According to some reports I've read, the number of survivors could have been more had rescue personnel arrived sooner (it took until the following morning for rescue personnel to arrive). Two of the survivors were from the same family; they reported that two additional members of the family were initially alive after the crash but died before rescue personnel arrived.



Long live the Boeing 747!
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6287 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3612 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 13):
Good friend of mine
Quoting glareskin (Reply 19):
Ruben is the second Dutch sole survivor of a plane crash. The first was Annette Herfkens who survived a Vietnam Airlines flight in 1992.

I bekieve that's who I saw on Fox News Friday.



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlinedc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3573 times:

Northwest 255 August 1987 had one survivor.

User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7507 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3496 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
1973 DL DC-9 at BOS, although 1 person was pulled from the wreckage alive, he/she died from those injuries months later.

A few years back, Airliners Magazine had an article that covered that particular crash (the DC-9 in question was a Former-NE Yellowbird, N975NE) and stated that there were 3 other survivors in addition to the fore-mentioned person that was pulled out from the wreckage and died later.



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