Vesna Vulovic, the woman who defied death after a 10,000 m fall, passes away at 66

Vesna Vulovic, a Serbian stewardess who miraculously survived a plunge from 10,000 meters after her plane exploded in mid-air in 1972, has died. She was 66.

AP December 24, 2016 18:06:38 IST
Vesna Vulovic, the woman who defied death after a 10,000 m fall, passes away at 66

Belgrade: Vesna Vulovic, a Serbian stewardess who miraculously survived a plunge from 10,000 meters after her plane exploded in mid-air in 1972, has died. She was 66.

Vesna Vulovic the woman who defied death after a 10000 m fall passes away at 66

"The highest fall survived without a parachute" Guiness world record holder Vesna Vulovic, died at 66. AP

Serbia's state TV said today Vulovic was found dead by her friends in her apartment in Belgrade.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

Vulovic was 23 and working as a Yugoslav Airlines hostess on 26 January, 1972, when the Douglas DC-9 airliner she was aboard blew up high above the snowy mountain ranges of Czechoslovakia.

All 27 other passengers and crew aboard perished.

Vulovic entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1985 for "the highest fall survived without a parachute."

It was suspected that a bomb was planted inside the jet during a scheduled stopover in Copenhagen, Denmark, but no arrests were ever made.

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