Survival in the Andes



43 Years ago an Argentinian rugby team, friends, and family members crashed in the the middle of the snowy Andes mountain range and from that incident they had to resort to cannibalism to survive.

Backround info

What happened?

The articles “The Andes Accident !Viven! The official website” and “I Am Alive: Surviving the Plane Crash” describes the story of the Argentinian Old Christians rugby team that decided to go to Chile for a match. The Argentinian team decided to take a cheap plane with a history of 6 different crashes prior. The plane had extra seats so they allowed for extra family and friends to come aboard for free. 45 people took off on Friday the 13th that unlucky winter of 1972. Seventeen of the 45 aboard where on the rugby team the rest where friends and family. Halfway through their flight the plane clipped a mountain and crashed in the middle eastern part of the Andes mountains.

The Event itself


The two articles “Alive: Rugby Team’s Fabled Survival In Andes” and “The Story of the Andes Survivors” explore the desperation to survive expressed by a Argentinian rugby team that crashed in the Andes. The team was stranded for 72 days that winter of 1972. The pilot of their plane made a miscalculation and crashed in the Andes mountains. During their stay in the mountains an avalanche of all things crashed down on them. Of the 45 on the plane only 16 survived, living off the bodies of their deceased friends. Two of the survivors trekked out on a 10 day journey through the Andes mountains to the border of Chile. They had a rescue team get the rest of the people at the crash sight. Ten of the survivors were members invited on the plane, only 6 of the original 17 rugby players survived.

Reaction & Long Term Impact

What happened after the crash

The article “Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home” and the video “I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash” explains how the crash in the Andes affected the survivors and the world. The experience in the Andes changed the survivors, especially Nando Parrado who matured as a person and learned leadership skills. The world and the media regarded the survivors as heroes for their 72 day survival in the mountains that fateful winter of 1972.

work cited

"I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash." YouTube. YouTube, 3 Oct. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.
Parrado, Nando. "Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home." Novelist. New York: Crown Publishers, 11 Dec. 2011. Web.

Jazzmaniact. "40 Years Ago Today. The Andes Plane Crash." Daily Kos. N.p., 13 Oct. 2012. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

Skudder, Chris. "Alive: Rugby Team's Fabled Survival In Andes." Sky News. Sky News, 10 Oct. 2015. Web. 16 Dec. 2015

"Alive : The Andes Accident 1972 | Official Site|." Alive : The Andes Accident 1972 | Official Site|. Intermedia, 2015. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

"The Story of the Andes Survivors." Alpine Expeditions. IPage, n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.