727LOVER
Topic Author
Posts: 6680
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2001 12:22 am

Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survived

Fri May 14, 2010 9:04 pm

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?
Love Trumps Hate
 
LoneStarMike
Posts: 2802
Joined: Sat Jul 01, 2000 1:02 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Fri May 14, 2010 9:17 pm

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 avatar
OA412
Crew
Posts: 3778
Joined: Thu Dec 28, 2000 6:22 am

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Fri May 14, 2010 9:17 pm

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.
Hughes Airwest - Top Banana In The West
 
Aeolus
Posts: 56
Joined: Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:12 am

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Fri May 14, 2010 9:22 pm

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

-Aeolus
Flying under the clouds above!
 
flyguy89
Posts: 1948
Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:43 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Fri May 14, 2010 9:26 pm

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.
 
Tobias2702
Posts: 286
Joined: Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:49 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Fri May 14, 2010 9:30 pm

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]
PA, AF, UK, BA, AB, DL, LH, FR, BD, A3, EZY, DY //// A319/320/346, B733/735/73G/738/744/763, AT4, 146, CR2, DH4
 
BOAC911
Posts: 280
Joined: Sun Sep 19, 2004 9:47 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Fri May 14, 2010 10:19 pm

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.
 
UALFAson
Posts: 768
Joined: Sun Mar 14, 2004 2:41 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Fri May 14, 2010 10:27 pm

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."
 
BMI727
Posts: 11123
Joined: Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:29 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Fri May 14, 2010 10:43 pm

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?
 
Viscount724
Posts: 19046
Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:32 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Fri May 14, 2010 10:49 pm

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.
 
LoneStarMike
Posts: 2802
Joined: Sat Jul 01, 2000 1:02 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 12:00 am

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
 
ADXMatt
Posts: 513
Joined: Thu Jul 27, 2006 4:07 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 1:29 am

What about the Korean Air B747 crash in Guam?

Wasn't there just 1 boy that survived?
 
rfields5421
Posts: 5631
Joined: Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:45 am

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 1:45 am

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.
 
comorin
Posts: 3857
Joined: Sun May 29, 2005 5:52 am

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 2:44 am

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.
 
AutothrustBlue
Posts: 47
Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:37 am

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 2:45 am

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
 
kiwiinoz
Posts: 1999
Joined: Mon Oct 10, 2005 3:07 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 2:49 am

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.
 
initious
Posts: 937
Joined: Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:54 am

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 3:55 am

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.
One way I will fly around the world!
 
Braniff747SP
Posts: 2567
Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:56 am

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 4:04 am

The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
 
radone
Posts: 27
Joined: Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:41 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 7:11 am

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.
 
Glareskin
Posts: 1003
Joined: Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:35 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 7:14 am

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 avatar
OA412
Crew
Posts: 3778
Joined: Thu Dec 28, 2000 6:22 am

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 7:22 am

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
 
747WanSui
Posts: 159
Joined: Tue Jun 14, 2005 10:06 pm

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 8:38 am

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!
 
727LOVER
Topic Author
Posts: 6680
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2001 12:22 am

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 5:57 pm

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.
Love Trumps Hate
 
dc863
Posts: 1466
Joined: Fri Jun 04, 1999 10:52 am

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Sat May 15, 2010 11:43 pm

Northwest 255 August 1987 had one survivor.
 
PHLBOS
Posts: 6504
Joined: Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:38 am

RE: Airliner Crashes Where Only One Person Survive

Mon May 17, 2010 5:30 pm

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.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 10 guests