History is full of stories of people who have managed to survive extreme accidents. While a fall from 15-18 meters will be fatal for most people, some have survived falls from greater heights. Perhaps it’s due to luck that they survived. Whatever the reason may be, this has certainly baffled scientists.
Some of these stories might even make you believe that miracles really do happen.
While flying an F-8 fighter jet, Pilot Cliff Judkins had a mid-air refueling accident. He was forced to jump from the aircraft, but his parachute failed to deploy. He survived the 15,000 foot drop although he sustained many injuries like a broken back, broken ankles and pelvis, and a collapsed lung. He also suffered kidney and intestine failure.
Michael Costello saved the life of Gareth Griffiths, a professional rugby player. Michael was Gareth’s instructor, and during the jump, their parachutes didn’t open. Mere seconds before they hit the ground, Michael twisted his body and placed it between Gareth and the ground thereby saving his life.
Croatian music teacher Frane Selak has reportedly escaped death seven times. On his first and only plane ride, he was sucked out of the door and he landed on a haystack. The plane crashed and killed the people on board.
After cheating death seven times in his lifetime, he won the lottery in 2003.
A fire broke out on a plane and every available parachute was destroyed. Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade fell 18,000 feet from the aircraft and landed in a patch of pine trees. He survived with only a sprain on his leg.
Danny and his girlfriend climbed up Nuuanu Pali mountain in Hawaii on December 22,1985. While attempting to help his girlfriend, Danny fell head first 300 feet down the mountain. He then fell another 100 feet during his rescue.
Dave was doing a group sky dive when, at 2,500 feet, he collided with another diver and they became tangled together. They both fell to Earth and miraculously survived.
Shayna Richardson was doing her first solo jump, when her parachute failed. She plummeted towards the ground at 150 mph from a height of 10,000 feet. She crashed into the asphalt face first. She survived, and thankfully, so did her unborn child.
A lot of people try jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge if they want to commit suicide. Kevin wanted to end his life, so he jumped from a height of 245 feet. While he was falling, he changed his body position and went into the water feet first.
Royal Australian Air Force Pilot Joe Herman was in his bomber when it was blown to pieces. The impact caused him to be catapulted into the air. Fellow pilot John Vivash happened to crash into him and Joe grabbed onto his leg. He survived the fall with only a couple of broken ribs.
One night in 2007, while he was attending a dart-throwing convention at the Minneapolis Hyatt, Josh drunkenly fell through a double-pane window. He fell 160 feet and sustained a broken leg, two collapsed lungs, and a few bruises.
Lareece was doing a routine sky diving jump, when her parachute failed to open. She prayed to God to save her. She fell 3,000 feet and slammed into the ground. Lareece survived with a broken leg and a concussion, and she strongly believes she was saved by God.
Russian Base Jumper
An unidentified base jumper was able to survive a 400 foot fall from a tower. He had broken bones in his vertebrae, pelvis, and legs. If it weren’t for the extra cushion the snow provided, he would have been dead.
Sky diver, James, survived a free fall of 6,000 feet. He broke his back and several ribs. He was estimated to have been going at 60 mph when he crash landed into the ground.
Veteran sky diver Christine was on her 112th jump and when both her main parachute and reserve parachute failed to work, she did a free-fall from 11,000 feet. She hit power lines, which slowed her fall enough to help her survive.
While washing the windows on the 22nd floor of Salford Tower Blocks, Chris fell. He landed on top of a car, and his only injury was a broken elbow. He even told the passersby that he was fine.
Vesna was a flight attendant for Yugoslav Airlines, when a bomb was detonated. She was in the tail section of the plane and fell 33,000 feet into a snow-covered mountain. She somehow survived, and she is the Guinness World Record holder for surviving the highest fall without a parachute.
LANSA flight 508 crashed into the Amazon rain forest on Christmas Eve. Juliane was the only survivor of the plane crash after falling from 10,000 feet.
Roger was seven years old when he went to Niagara Falls with his family. He fell into the water and was swept over the falls. He is the youngest person to ever go over the falls and survive.
Hans Lange, a base jumper, jumped from Bjoerkentind Mountain wearing his wing suit. The jump didn’t go well, and he was too close to the mountain wall and moving at least 100 mph. He collided with the mountain multiple times, ricocheted down, and lived to tell the tale.
Window washer Alcide was doing his job when a malfunction in the gear caused the platform he was standing on with his brother to descend 47 stories. He survived but tragically, his brother Edgar did not.
Lieutenant Ivan Chisov jumped from his plane to avoid German fighters at an altitude of about 22,000 feet. He meant to use his parachute, but passed out. At a speed of 120-150 mph, he hit the edge of a snowy ravine and injured his spine and broke his pelvis.
Michael was the youngest person ever to qualify as a skydiving instructor. His career almost came to an end when he fell 15,000 feet and had only a faulty parachute. He fell into some bushes and survived with a shattered ankle and punctured lung.
Professional hot air balloonist Steve Fosset got very, very lucky. He survived not only a fall from 22,000 feet, but also plunged into shark infested waters.
In World War II, Alan was a B-17 bomber pilot. He fell from his plane at 22,000 feet and crashed into the glass roof of the St. Nazaire Railroad Station. He had shrapnel wounds and several broken bones.
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