The Double Survival Miracle of Juliane Koepcke

By Karen Harris

On Christmas Eve 1971, an airplane departing from Lima, Peru was struck by lightning and broke apart midair. The accident killed every person on board ... with the exception of one. The sole survivor was a teenage girl named Juliane Koepcke. It was a miracle that she survived the plane crash, but she still needed a second miracle to help her survive alone in the dangerous Amazon rainforest. She got it. After 11 days in the rainforest and overcoming terrible conditions, Koepcke was rescued. Most people never encounter one miracle in their lifetime, but in the span of a week and a half in 1971, Koepcke experienced two miraculous survivals.