Juliane Koepcke Biography
(Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash)
Birthday: October 10, 1954 (Libra)
Born In: Lima, Peru
Juliane Koepcke is a German-Peruvian biologist, who was the lone survivor among the 92 passengers and crew of the ill-fated LANSA Flight 508 that crashed in the Peruvian rainforest on 24 December 1971. When Juliane Koepcke set off on the LANSA flight with her mother to meet her dad for Christmas celebrations in 1971, little did she knew that it would be the turning point of her life. Not only would it be the last journey with her mother but the most torturous one that would leave her with excruciating physical pain and emotional and mental agony. Popularly known as the ‘Girl Who Fell From the Sky’, Juliane not just survived a plane crash but has lived long to tell the tale of her miraculous escapade. All alone in a white mini dress, one sandal and a pack of sweets, she not just braved the extreme weather but also various poisonous creatures including bats, beetles, jaguars, scorpions, snakes, piranhas and alligators. Luckily, what stood in her favour was her experience of living in jungle while she was a kid. Her parents had taught her everything about the ‘green’ world. It was this knowledge and experience that saw her through. Koepcke’s story is truly one of bravery, courage, heroism, grit and determination. It was her strength of character and will power to reunite with her dad that kept her going.