Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571: The 1972 Plane Crash That Turned Survivors Into Cannibals

By Kellar Ellsworth
Where that fateful flight crash landed in the Andes. (vintag.es)

Life sometimes forces extreme solutions to difficult situations. The crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 on October 13, 1972 forced the grizzliest of answers to one of the most impossible questions: Would you eat human flesh to survive? That was the very real, very heart-clenching and gut-busting decision that the surviving members of the 1972 Uruguayan amateur rugby team faced when their plane crash-landed in one of the harshest environments on Earth. Their tale inspired a book, a movie, and undoubtedly, years of nightmares.