Today in aviation history – 23rd December

On 23rd December 1972 ended rescue mission of victims of a plane crash that occurred on 13th October in Andes Mountains. Fairchild FH-227 aircraft that belonged to Uruguayan Air Force was transporting a team of rugby players from Montevideo to Santiago de Chile. The catastrophe resulted in 17 deaths. Another 27 people were trapped in the mountains for over two months with no rescue equipment and no food. Because of the atmospheric conditions the rescue team arrived on 22nd December when there were only 16 survivers. The catastrophe was a subject of many books, documentaries and feature films.