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Andes Plane Crash: The Fight to Survive

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Andes Plane Crash: The Fight to Survive

Best on the Box for January 10th…

The  three-part documentary continues looking at the Andes Plane Crash of 1972, produced by ITN, the programmes chart the ultimate story of human survival against all the odds, as told by those who lived to tell the tale. When a Uruguayan rugby team’s plane crashed in the Andes Mountains in October 1972, they were stranded in one of the world’s most unforgiving environments with little hope of rescue. Of the 45 people who boarded the plane, only 16 made it out alive.

Told through the vivid and powerful testimony of survivors – Nando Parrado, Roy Harley, Coche Inciarte, Eduardo Strauch, Fito Strauch – this documentary series tells the definitive story of their heroism, during what became known as the “Miracle of the Andes.”

In tonight’s second episode Andes Plane Crash: The Fight to Survive with the plane wreckage resting on a glacier surrounded by high peaks, little did the survivors know that their mountain home was vulnerable to avalanches. Two and a half weeks into their ordeal, as they slept huddled together against the cold as an avalanche buried them alive. Facing so many dramatic life or death situations the survivors realised they had to try and make their own escape. Could they find the strength to try a trek so unimaginable through such a dangerous and inhospitable mountain range?

Andes Plane Crash: The Fight to Survive, tonight (Wednesday 10th January) 10pm, Channel 5

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