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When I Fell from the Sky: The True Story of One Woman's Miraculous Survival

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  583 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
The author was 17 years old when she survived an airplane explosion. Her survival is unexplainable and considered a modern-day miracle. For 11 days, she crawled alone through the jungle, fighting for her survival. She then went on to live an inspiring life as a scientist continually drawn back to the terrain that threatened to take her.
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Titletown Publishing, LLC (first published January 1st 2011)
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Deborah Dicks
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I struggled a bit with this one. It is of course, a fascinating story - how a 17 year old girl suvived a fall from a plane 2 miles in the sky and made it through the Amazon jungle back to safety on her own. But the writer's style is jarring. For example, she has a peculiar and annoying habit of starting a sentence at the end of a chapter and leaving it incomplete; it is only in the next chaper, after its title, that the author finishes the sentence. This felt contrived and unnessessary.

Trigger warnings: plane crash, loss of a parent, horrifying descriptions of wounds and maggots.

3.5 stars.

I found this story surprisingly compelling and interesting, but it definitely wasn't what I expected based on the title.

Basically, Juliane Koepcke grew up in Peru with her naturalist parents. As a teenager, they moved to a nature reserve in the middle of nowhere. She subsequently returned to Lima to attend high school. On Christmas Eve of 1971, she and her mother were flying to the closest
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
The true story a the German/Peruvian 17 year old who was the only survivor of a plane that crashed in Peru while crossing the Andes at Christmas time. She lost her mother in the accident which also claimed 90 other lives. Juliane tells her own story 40 years after the crash and her amazing eleven day journey out of the Peruvian rain forest. It is also a story of her love of the jungle where she had been raised with her German zoologist parents and her struggle for survival of the Amazonian rain ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Story is about a woman who writes about how she survived 11 days in the jungle when the plane she was on crashed. It is told like she is speaking to you and jumps from the present day to the time when she was in the jungle. At some times it seems awkward but by writing in this way, the reader is able to get an understanding of what her life was like before the crash, background on her parents, what she did in the jungle for those days, after the crash, and the present. I thoroughly enjoyed the b ...more
♥ Marlene♥

Juliane after her 11 days in the jungle

I finally finished it last night. Wow this one took me ages to read but I do think it was not just the book but also my state of mind or lack of mind is the better expression because I was just too tired to read.

One negative thing was the annoyingly the constant jumping around in time. In one example she had told us her grandmother had died and the next chapter she was staying at her grandmother.

The story about what happened during the crash and the 11 day
Bereits als Kind übte diese einzigartige Überlebensgeschichte der damals 17jährigen Juliane Koepcke eine große Faszination auf mich aus. Am 24. Dezember 1971 gerät das Flugzeug, in dem sie gemeinsam mit ihrer Mutter sitzt, in schwere Turbulenzen. Es stürzt ab und Juliane trudelt festgeschnallt an ihrem Sitz tausende Meter in die Tiefe, um im peruanischen Dschungel bruchzulanden. Verletzt und ohne Kontakt zu anderen Passagieren und Menschen sucht sie den Weg zum Fluss, um dort auf Hilfe zu stoßen ...more
Kathy Piper
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
There is no doubt that Juliane Koepcke has an incredible story to tell. To survive a fall from 10,000 or so feet by landing in a thick, uninhabited jungle in Amazonian Peru is, by itself, a true miracle. But then to survive 11 days in that jungle, and finally to find her way back to civilization, is yet another truly miraculous event and one that makes for a great story. The descriptions of her fears and shock at discovering that she was the sole survivor of the 1971 plane crash, and the sad los ...more
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On Christmas Eve 1971, Juliane’s plane flew into a thunderstorm that was so great that the plane broke up in mid-air. Still strapped into her seat, she fell two miles, crashing through the dense jungle canopy into the Amazon rainforest. Waking up alone and injured, she spent the next eleven days fighting her way through a “green hell”, desperately hoping that, as she had survived, then so must have the others. “When I Fell From the Sky” tells the story of how Juliane gained the skills that enabl ...more
Jean Poulos
This is a memoir of a gripping account of survival by a seventeen year old girl. On Christmas Eve 1971, seventeen year old Juliane Koepcke and her mother were flying from Lima to Pucallpa, when the LANSA Lockheed Electra, LANSA flight 508 commercial airliner with ninety passages on board broke up in midair. The plane was struck by lightning during a freak storm and tore off one side of the plane. There was only one survivor. Turned out that plane should have never flown near the Andes. Lockheed ...more
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