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  • Just to clarify, this video isn't about people who are alive but we think should be dead.

  • That would be cruel so I'll leave that up to you in the comments.

  • Some people are just lucky. Not like run of the mill won a free dinner or even a car lucky,

  • but mind-bendingly, improbability-drive style lucky. They should be dead and buried,

  • probably in many, many pieces.But they aren't. So here's our list of five people who survived

  • the absolute worst, and came out the other side.There seems to be a bit of a plane crash

  • theme to these. Sorry. Actually I'm not really sorry, they're still all awesome stories of survival.

  • Ziv Nadivi In 1983, Captain Ziv Nadivi was flying his

  • Israeli airforce F-15 in a routine air-defence training mission. Tasked with shooting down

  • various, inverted commas, invaders, all seemed to be going well until, from below, one of

  • his teammates, flying upside down, began to climb. There was no way the two could see

  • each other or get out of the way, and an almighty mid-air collision ensued. The pilot of the

  • other plane bailed out, his aircraft falling back to Earth in a ball of flame.

  • Ziv, however. hung on. His plane had entered a spin and he needed to steady it before he

  • and his co-pilot could safely escape. But, once he managed to right the aircraft, it

  • seemed to still be flying, though leaking fuel out of the tanks on the right wing. Just

  • ten miles from the nearest runway, Ziv and his co-pilot decided to put the plane down.

  • they made it to the airstrip - just - but were going far too fast to land, hitting the

  • tarmac at twice the usual speed and even snapping an arrester cable designed placed over the

  • runway to slow down incoming jets. They stopped the plane with just feet to spare before hitting

  • the barriers at the far end of the airfield. And when the pair got out of the plane?

  • The leaking fuel cloud had masked the fact that the plane only had one wing left. The crew

  • had, unknowingly and by keeping up their speed, managed to fly ten miles and land a plane

  • with only one wing, unscathed. Skillful? For sure. Lucky? Oh, Yeah. Also very lucky.

  • Juliane Koepcke

  • So your plane is struck by lightning. OK, that's a bit unlucky but not usually the end

  • of the world. Being in a plane crash? Yeah, that's pretty unlucky. But even in the most

  • serious kinds of crashes, 75% of people live. Being thrown out of the plane as it crashes?

  • Well now that really is unlucky. Unless you're Juliane Koepcke. The 17-year-old was the only

  • survivor of 93 passengers, including her mother, on board LANSA flight 508, which went down

  • in the Peruvian rainforest in December 1971. She was thrown from the plane more than three

  • kilometres up, crashing through the rainforest canopy more than two miles from the crash

  • still strapped to her seat, with an eye injury and a smashed collar bone. And as if that wasn't enough of an ordeal,

  • she then had to find rescue. Which was a nine. Day. Trek. nine

  • days following a stream through the rainforest battered and bloodied, with no food and infected

  • insect bites. She eventually found a small cabin with a boat, whose fuel she poured on

  • her wounds to flush out the maggots which had gathered, and waited for help to arrive.

  • How Juliane survived remains a mystery, but it's thought her seat was part of a row of three

  • which may have been wide enough to act as some form of parachute, slowing her fall

  • into the thick, cushioning rainforest canopy.

  • Clearly she wasn't too badly daunted by her rainforest ordeal, as she later became a zoologist

  • and the subject of a feature film and a documentary.

  • Yulia Shumakova

  • In 2009, Yulia Shumakova from the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, 24-year-old and 32

  • weeks pregnant, was rushed to hospital after collapsing at work. She was found to have

  • had a massive brain tumour seizure, which, doctors told her husband, would have killed

  • more than 95% of patients before they even reached the hospital,

  • But, with Yulia alive and barely conscious, Doctors had no option but to perform joint

  • brain surgery and C-section in a desperate attempt to save at least one of the couple.

  • Incredibly, though, both managed to survive the ordeal. Yulia's son was born two and a

  • half months early and weighed just two kilos. Remarkably, both mother and child made a full

  • recovery, Yulia meeting her son for the first time just two months after her operation.

  • Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571

  • Better known as the Andes flight disaster or the miracle of the Andes, though that's

  • maybe a little harsh on the ones who weren't so lucky. In October 1972, Flight 571, a charter

  • flight carrying a rugby team and their associates - 45 people in all - came down in the Andes.

  • The flight had descended on instruments into the clouds believing it was over a safe mountain

  • pass, but instead crashed into the side of a mountain, since named the Glacier of Tears.

  • The plane clipped one peak, the right wing and tail, another collision took

  • off the left wing and sent the propellor into the fuselage. The remainder of the plane then

  • slid down a steep mountain path before coming to rest in a snow bank. 12 people died in the initial crash,

  • with another five dying overnight. Many of those left had broken limbs, there

  • was little food and no-one had winter clothing or equipment. One more died of their injuries

  • and eight were killed in an avelanche which swept over the wreckage a few days later,

  • leaving just 16 alive.

  • Forced to survive by eating their dead friends and relatives, the survivors lasted an astonishing

  • 72 days in the wilderness. After just 11 days, they learned by listening to the

  • radio that the search for them was being called off. I don't know about you but I can't think

  • of anything more terrifying. The survivors tried in vain to operate the plane's outgoing radio using batteries in the tail.

  • They even tried to write SOS in lipstick on the roof of the fuselage,

  • but all to no avail.

  • Despite unknowingly being only 18 miles from an abandoned hotel that would have provided at least some shelter and warmth,

  • the susrivors endured altitude sickness, injury and forced

  • cannibalism for well over two months.

  • They were only rescued after two of the passengers, Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa, trekked

  • for ten days to help from a passing pack-train. The story has, unrurprisingly, sparked several

  • books, films and documentaries. And in October 2012, the survivors... Met for a rugby match.

  • Frane Selak

  • A little like the assault on Itter Schloss from our five wierdest battles of World War Two

  • video you can see here, and there's a link in the description too, this one NEEDS

  • to be a Hollywood film. This guy has survived death more times than you've had hot dinners.

  • Is he a war hero? No. Is he a super spy? No. Frane Selak is a music teacher, dubbed at once the

  • world's luckiest and unluckiest man.

  • Frane was born in 1929 in Croatia. His first brush with death came in 1962.

  • He was travelling on a train from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik which jumped the rails, plunging down a riverbank.

  • Seventeen people drowned in the disaster but he managed to get back to land with hypothermia and broken arm

  • Just one year later, on his first and only flight, the door burst open and he was thrown

  • from the plane which then crashed. Nineteen people died in the disaster. Frano? Well he landed in a haystack.

  • In 1966, the bus he was travelling on skidded into a river killing four people.

  • In 1970 his car caught fire and exploded on a motorway. He lept clear with moments to spare.

  • In 1973 the fuel pump in his car failed and sprayed flaming petrol out of the air

  • vents, burning off most of his hair.

  • In 1996, He was knocked down by a bus in Zagreb. In 1996 a narrow miss with a UN truck in the

  • mountains saw his car crash through a cliff barrier and plummet down a 300ft ravine in

  • a ball of flame. Once again, he lept clear.

  • Then in 2003 he won the lottery. With his first ever ticket. And in 2010, just gave it all the way.

  • He's also had five wives, because, you know, why do anything in life by halves?

  • There are several lessons to be learned from Frane's example. One, never buy second hand cars in Croatia.

  • Two, never, EVER, EVER get onto any form of transport with Frane Selak.

  • Unless you got a lottery scratchcard in your pocket.

Just to clarify, this video isn't about people who are alive but we think should be dead.

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