On October 13, 1972, a plane flew from Montevideo (Uruguay) to Santiago de Chile fell into the Andes This led to the death of many of its residents. Tragedy struck a rugby team and their families, of which only 16 people survived. The director Juan Antonio Bayona has told the tragedy and miracle of Andres in “Snow Society” on Netflixa film based on the book of the same name by Pablo Vierci, but it exists a detail that could have saved more lives.
On board the plane 45 people were there, including all 5 crew members. There were 27 survivors, but an avalanche killed eight more people after 17 days waiting to be rescued. It is known that the rescue workers passed near the fuselage of the aircraft, but were not seen and The search has ended due to the complicated weather conditions.
They were left to die, but only a miracle could save her. The pilot's decision to fly over the Andes was a misjudgment led to a fatal outcome. Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa decided to take a path to cross the mountain range and get to the valley, but they did not know that they were going in the opposite direction. There was an abandoned hotel just 22 kilometers away.
The abandoned hotel was 22 kilometers from the crashed plane
The pilot before his death He assured them that they had flown over Curicó and they were in Chile. Since he was mistaken, Canessa and Parrado traveled west to find the valley, unaware of its location, but to do so they had to climb the mountain without equipment.
However, on the other side was one Hotel that had been in ruins since 1953, whose walls could have saved more people. It was only 22 kilometers away while they They had to travel 60 kilometers which took them about 10 days. The books also say that they went on expeditions to the East, but that existed most dangerous ice cracks, so they decided not to risk it. A mission against time that ultimately ended with 29 diedbut perhaps they could have been fewer.