Remember how you felt after finishing school? Yes, the torture is over and you can start
making plans to achieve all your goals; nothing can stop you now! That’s probably how Juliane Koepcke felt too
after celebrating her school graduation on December 23 in 1971. But she had no idea what was waiting for her
the next day. So when 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke finished
her school in Lima, Peru, she went along with her mother to join her father at a research
station in the Amazon rainforest. The girl and her mother were really eager
to leave Lima as soon as possible and fly to Pucallpa, which was the nearest city to
that station, but almost all the flights were booked because of the holiday season. Their only option was airline LANSA, which
already had a bad reputation with two crashes on their record. However, they booked the only empty seats
for flight 508, not worried, considering the short one-hour duration of the flight. But after purchasing the tickets they still
had to wait for 7 hours because the flight was delayed due to bad weather. Finally, the plane took off in the afternoon
on December 24. At first, it was a smooth ride, but soon the
clouds started getting darker and darker and the turbulence got worse. Naturally, Koepcke began to feel anxious and
nervous just like all the other passengers, including her mother. Something was definitely wrong. After crossing the Andes at about 21,000 feet,
the plane got caught in the middle of a big storm with constant thunder and lightning. Suddenly the plane started jumping up and
down, parcels and luggage were falling from the lockers and flying around the cabin. Terrified and helpless, Koepcke grabbed her
mother’s hand and closed her eyes. But a few minutes later, her eyes were jolted
open when a bolt of lightning struck the plane. Now the fuel tank was ignited and moments
later, one of the plane’s wings was torn off. Before Juliane could understand what was happening,
the airliner went into a nose-dive and the cabin began tearing apart into pieces. Still strapped to her seat and hanging head-over-heels
she went into a 10,000 feet free-fall from the sky! The only noise she could hear was the whispering
of the wind, and she only saw the canopy of the jungle spinning toward her. The girl didn’t remember anything about the
impact, but most likely the seat she was attached to and jungle foliage cushioned her plummet. Unbelievably, she survived the air crash. Now that’s a real miracle! For the next 24 hours, Juliane faded in and
out of consciousness. After that, she finally managed to stay conscious
and started shouting out for her mother. However, she soon realized she was all alone
in the middle of the jungle. As if surviving the fall wasn’t enough of
an ordeal, now she had to figure out how to make her way through the rainforest to find
help. In addition to that, Juliane’s collarbone
was broken and she had several deep cuts on her arms and legs. Despite those injuries, she started moving,
promising herself to get through this nightmare at all cost. While searching for food, she heard the hum
of a circling aircraft above her head. The plane crash prompted the biggest search
in Peru’s history, but the forest was so dense that aircrafts couldn’t spot the wreckage
from the crash, let alone a single person. After some time she stopped hearing the humming,
knowing for sure that no one was going to rescue her. Luckily, she found a bag of candies at the
crash site, which would be her only food for the next 10 days. But then she heard another sound that lifted
her spirit a bit – the dripping of running water. Now it’s time to mention that Juliane was
actually pretty familiar with the jungle, because her father was a biologist who studied
Amazon wildlife. She spent quite a lot of time with him at
his research station and he taught her a lot of things about rainforest nature. Now she remembered when her father told her
that tracking downstream should eventually lead to civilization. Besides, she had water to quench her thirst. And so Juliane set out on her trek following
a tiny stream. As you can guess, it was anything but easy. The Amazon rainforest is full of dangers. Its home to hungry jaguars, black caimans
with their sharp teeth, and many poisonous snakes who are camouflaged to look like dry
leaves. To avoid stepping on one of them accidentally,
Juliane would test the area in front of her by throwing her only shoe ahead, then moving
forward to pick it up, and tossing it again. Also, she had to climb over huge logs and
masses of gnarled roots in her way. But the girl just kept walking, despite scorching
heat and hunger. It was rainy season in the Amazon, meaning
that there was no fruit to pick. And since she had no knife, she couldn’t
cut the palm hearts from the palm tree stems. Despite blistering sun at day, Juliane got
really cold during the chilly nights. Finally, after a few days of roaming in the
rainforest, she arrived at the bank of a large river. But there was no sign of anyone. It was disheartening for her, but she knew
she had to move on. Juliane walked through the shallow waters
at the edge of the river very carefully, knowing that stingrays liked to nest in these shallow
waters. She was going so slow at this pace, she decided
to swim out to the middle of the river instead. She knew stingrays stayed away from the deeper
water and only hoped she wouldn’t meet piranhas or alligators on her way. So she swam in the river at day and went back
to the shore at night to rest. But sleeping at night was no easy feat because
insects kept biting her, making her injuries even more painful. On the 10th day of her exhausting journey,
she finally saw something that made her think she was hallucinating – a big boat! Juliane couldn’t believe her eyes and even
touched it to make sure it wasn’t a mirage. There was no one near the boat, but the girl
noticed a beaten path the led up the riverbank. She followed it until she saw a hut with a
palm leaf roof. The hut was empty, but Juliane found an outboard
motor and a canister of gasoline there. She had a really deep wound on her arm, and
it was seriously infected to the point that there were maggots. The girl knew she had to get rid of them. Juliane remembered that once her father had
removed maggots from the family dog using diesel fuel to force them to the surface. So she poured some gasoline on her wound. Right away she felt intense pain because the
maggots tried to get further into her flesh. But she managed to pull them out. Completely exhausted, Juliane decided to spend
the night in the hut where she could finally get semi-decent sleep. The next day she woke to the sound of voices. There were several men outside. Again, she thought she was hallucinating but
the voices grew louder and eventually, the men entered the hut. Imagine how shocked Juliane was when she saw
them! They were startled too, however, because at
first they thought she was a kind of water goddess – a figure from a local legend who
is a hybrid of a water dolphin and a blonde, white-skinned woman. Juliane explained to three lumberjacks who
she was and what happened to her. They treated her wounds and gave her something
to eat. The next morning, they helped her get into
a canoe and took a ride downriver to a lumber station. After they reached the destination, a local
pilot flew the girl to the hospital where she finally got professional medical help. Soon her father arrived, and they were finally
reunited. While staying at the hospital, Juliane gave
information to the researchers that helped them locate the wreck. Sadly, she was the only one who survived the
crash. But this story is still an amazing example
that a person’s will to live is always stronger than the most terrible circumstances. What would you do if you got stuck in the
jungle for 11 days? Let everybody know in the comments below! Don’t forget to give this video a “like,”
share it with your friends, and click “subscribe” to stay on the Bright Side of life!

A Girl Survived 10,000 Feet Free Fall And 11 Days in the Jungle

100 thoughts on “A Girl Survived 10,000 Feet Free Fall And 11 Days in the Jungle

  • April 19, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    Hey there BrightSiders, do you believe in fate or random chances?

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:13 pm
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    Imagine being called a Water Goddess because you got lost in a jungle.

    If I was her I would try to live that easy Goddess life.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:06 am
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    I dont need to worry about a plane disaster since i cant afford to go on a plane right now

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    you know if i was stuck in a jungle fore 11 days, i will and i mean it, i will be TARZAN.
    feel bad for her mom though

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    Can anyone tell me . Any film made based on this true story.
    Tell me the movie name

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    This story was on minute videos

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    I read the book and she is so brave

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  • August 13, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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    I did i had to survive the time of a bad life

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  • August 13, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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    I wouldn’t survive anywhere without my mom

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  • August 14, 2019 at 6:39 am
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    OMG SHE CELEBRATED ON MY BIRTHDAY

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  • August 14, 2019 at 12:57 pm
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    Am I the only person who saw the same video on MinuteVideos? I swear the same video is on there.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    It's Lee-Mah Peru!!! NOT Lime-a. …my god I wanted to punch the screen so hard.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    She survived bc her feather falling IV boots.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:24 am
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    Does this remind anyone of the book 'hatchet' no just me…..ok

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  • August 16, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    Interesting…COOL!!!

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  • August 16, 2019 at 7:22 pm
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    question: what would you do if you got stuck in the jungle for 11 days?

    me: i would die

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  • August 17, 2019 at 12:22 pm
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    This deserves a short film. Or isn't there one already?

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  • August 18, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    Anyone here from Minute Videos?

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  • August 18, 2019 at 6:04 am
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    my life will be gone if I was juilan

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  • August 18, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    If sleep….in peace without my brother shouting in my ear 🙂

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  • August 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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    I’m going in Creative mode

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  • August 19, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    I know he ain’t say poisonous snake….

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  • August 19, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    Dang she older than my mom

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  • August 19, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    She forgot her elytra

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  • August 19, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    0:07 WHHAATT??

    TORTURE IS OVER???

    ehh he h he h heh he

    (👆you didn't read this)

    Torture  never  ends  man

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  • August 19, 2019 at 4:49 pm
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    Who all love your mom so much 💗then like this 👍

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  • August 19, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    People reactig to real sad stories: Meh, boring.

    People reacting to fake sad stories: WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAÅAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA SO SAD

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  • August 19, 2019 at 5:37 pm
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    I prolly would get eaten by an Alligator even if I was in a jungle for an hour

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  • August 19, 2019 at 7:08 pm
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    What happened to her mom she died

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  • August 19, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    Juliane’s story reminds me of the book hatchet

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  • August 19, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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    I applaud her strength and faith! I also applaud those three men who were kind to help her!

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  • August 19, 2019 at 8:28 pm
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    😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 so sad but happy at the semetime

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  • August 19, 2019 at 8:28 pm
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    Same

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  • August 19, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    Not a single actual photo of the girl, her mother, her father or planes of the involved airline and logo. None of the other passengers who died either.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    Respect for this woman!
    and R.I.P to all the people who died that day

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  • August 20, 2019 at 1:16 am
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    That was by the grace of Jesus

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  • August 20, 2019 at 2:08 am
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    OMG

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  • August 20, 2019 at 2:37 am
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    Steals off of infographics show

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  • August 20, 2019 at 2:52 am
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    And I can’t even go in the basement alone

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  • August 20, 2019 at 2:55 am
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    Wow that airline should be demolished it’s had three fricken crashes just y

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  • August 20, 2019 at 2:56 am
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    In addition to being knowledgeable, she was very very lucky that she did not meet a jaguar, an alligator or piranhas among other things.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 3:29 am
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    But how? How did she survive that long of a freefall.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 4:21 am
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    If the men were bad men…

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  • August 20, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    i already know this story long time ago

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  • August 20, 2019 at 7:21 am
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    If this was real it would be on the news

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  • August 20, 2019 at 7:26 am
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    Did her mom survive

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  • August 20, 2019 at 8:31 am
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    Why theres no video or picture? This is FAKE then

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  • August 20, 2019 at 8:44 am
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    I know this story already

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  • August 20, 2019 at 9:28 am
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    Is this a true story!!?!??!? If this happen to me I'll cry so much!!!

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  • August 20, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    I have this story to learn in my english Text book!!I seen the vedios of this.. Really lucky girl👌👌👌

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  • August 20, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    Wait, you already made this already.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    honestly if i was in that situation, i know most people would wanna try to surrvive but if it was me, i would get eaten by a tiger or something before the 1st day would even end

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  • August 20, 2019 at 3:05 pm
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    No way

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  • August 20, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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    I would have been searched for a tree’s branch to put the snake away some stones to lit fire to scare the jaguar and again a branch to keep the mouth open of the alligator

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  • August 20, 2019 at 4:50 pm
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    The best comes after the worst

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  • August 20, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    Hi sisters

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  • August 20, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    Brave good

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  • August 20, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    December 23 is my birthday….

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  • August 20, 2019 at 11:46 pm
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    Very inspirational story of a brave young lady. Her and others alike are the proof that with determination and will power, anyone is capable of finding salvation. Sadly, ever since the part about the crash, I had a bad feeling that her poor mother didn't survive and it seems I was right. I only bring it up because I recently lost my mom and everything reminds me of her and unlike this strong-willed girl who made it back to her world (father) I am lost without mine(momma). I'm sorry. I'm being selfish. You have great content so keep up the good work and may our heavenly father bless you~

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  • August 21, 2019 at 7:28 am
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    Wow

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  • August 21, 2019 at 8:41 am
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    OMG you already now that the airlines has a bad reputation , why you still flew and ride the airline??

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  • August 21, 2019 at 9:12 am
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    It is going to be alright. STAY DETERMINED

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  • August 21, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    You know, this reminds me of the book called Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (i think that's the name of the author)

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  • August 22, 2019 at 1:13 am
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    Id be starting to punch trees and craft a pick and a shovel and finding diamonds and killing to get food

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  • August 22, 2019 at 1:21 am
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    If I was stuck in a jungle with ONLY candy

    I would keep saying to myself that the candy will always be there

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  • August 22, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    She got them Feather Falling 4 boots

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  • August 22, 2019 at 8:07 am
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    I would start moving immediately

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  • August 22, 2019 at 10:12 am
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    If I were her, I would be so afraid to even move at first, but I am also sure I would try my best to survive.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 11:39 am
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    if i was stuck in the jungle….i promise to do my best to continue my life..we must be strong guysss..BE DETERMINED!!

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  • August 22, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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    Wow!!!

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    I’ve seen this story before you youtubers just keep taking out and adding in different details….

    Edit: 8:06 oh yea? Well 3 other youtubers said her mother survived,
    Her mother was a survivor but died in hospital,
    Or her mother killed herself

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:41 pm
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    I don't belive how she survived 11 days and nothing attacke her (like jaguars, snakes, piranas, aligators, tigers or some other dangerous animals)…in forest are so much dangerous animals especilly Amazon forstet which is the biggest forest in world (i think)…i just……can't belive…ok..maybe she just had biGGG luck……..

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  • August 22, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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    I feel so bad for her but amazing story

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  • August 22, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    You never know how you will react to a situation until you are in it, but I hope I would be a SURVIVOR like Julie! Thanks for sharing this.👍👍👍😊😊😊

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  • August 22, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    She being 11 years old:Survived a 10000 feet Fall
    Me being 11 years old:Closing the Fridge to see the Light Turn off

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  • August 22, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    I'd go insane without INTERNET

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  • August 22, 2019 at 11:07 pm
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    Sting ray = man ray

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  • August 23, 2019 at 4:15 am
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    I would die most likely

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:38 am
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    i think i remember this… i watched it on a different video

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:09 pm
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    If you love your mom 💗💙💗💙💗💙💗💙then like 👍👍👍👍👍

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    Sad cause no one survived the ethiopian airlines crash

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:54 pm
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    I would die mid-air…

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  • August 24, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    Amazon forest now😢

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  • August 24, 2019 at 8:46 am
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    That time, Amazon Rainforest is still beautiful, but now, it's on fire! 😭😭

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  • August 24, 2019 at 9:02 am
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    If I was stuck in a jungle, I won't survive a day and probably die. And I will also be scared because of the wild animals living in that jungle.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    00:01–00:15 aw I'm only 10

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  • August 24, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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    This is 3048 meters. You can die when jumping off of the 4th or 5th floor, assuming every floor is 3 meters tall, you'd fall from 12 meters or 15 meters. This is only for children, and only 50%. You cannot survive if you're going at 17 meters per second. The max velocity you could fall at would be around 450. Which is probably what she was going at. Whatever, she survived. And other people are saying you die at 8 floors, which is 24 meters. There is no legit proof if this is true. Sure, we've debunked it. But, theres lots of more Gravity problems, you know? What if none of those apparently happened, she did fall from like 10,000 feet but she may have just landed in a really deep ocean, but then you'd drown. There's still lots of more things to cover. But we can't debunk this.

    This might be real or not. Please give me some evidence to figure out if it is.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 7:25 am
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    Sounds like Tarzan

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  • August 25, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    If you love you parantes like this😊

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  • August 25, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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    I would die within 72 hours

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  • August 25, 2019 at 4:12 pm
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    Her screaming for her mother immediately when she woke up broke my heart. I can't imagine how it'd be like without my mom and then finding out she didn't make it, I hope no one goes through this. I wouldn't wish this upon my worst enemy

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  • August 25, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    I know this story and it happened in jungle of Peru.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 8:27 pm
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    Im wondering if she sued them because of them flying a plane in. Storm

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  • August 26, 2019 at 7:52 am
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    This is super dangerous😱😱😱😰

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  • August 26, 2019 at 10:51 am
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    IT'S FROM What IF

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  • August 26, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    This is the story of hatchet if you didn't knowticed becides the genders and a small twist

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  • August 27, 2019 at 6:08 am
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    idk what i would do

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    Recommendations for this video popped up after I seen the Dora Explorer movie with my son. And this girl really DID IT! She survived the impossible on her own. The power of will is amazing and I do believe life has some magic in it. A bag of candy and gasoline came to her at the right time. I’m sure her mother looked over her, stayed in her heart and was very proud. ❤️

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:29 am
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    She spent the rainforest on Christmas

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