Miracle of the Andes

On October 13, 1972, an Uruguayan plane carrying 45 people, including a rugby union team, flying to Chile crashed in the Andes. More than a quarter passengers died in the crash and several others quickly succumbed to cold and injury. Of the 27 who were alive a few days after the accident, another eight were killed by an avalanche that swept over their shelter in the wreckage. The last 16 survivors were rescued on December 23, 1972.

The survivors had little food and no source of heat in the harsh conditions at over 3,600 metres altitude. Faced with starvation and radio news reports that the search for them had been abandoned, the survivors fed on the dead passengers who had been preserved in the snow.

1972 flight disaster

1972 flight disaster-1

On June 27, 2016, Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout against Chile in the Copa América Centenario final.  In nine years, Argentina lost fourth major final.

Here’s a picture of the 2014 World Cup best player and Golden Glove, Manuel Neuer. Next to him is Lionel Messi.

Messi 2014

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