According to a report, all 16 survivors of the 1972 Andes plane crash gathered for the 50th anniversary.
Uruguayan Flight 571 was supposed to take a team of amateur rugby players and their supporters to Chile. Instead, it crashed and pinned survivors for 72 days in the mountain range, forcing them to eat human flesh to stay alive.
“Of course, the idea of eating human flesh was terrible, repulsive,” Ramon Sabella, 70, told the Sunday Times in London. “It was hard to put in your mouth. But we got used to it.”
Sabella recalled the choice made by the survivors when Roberto Canessa, a medical student, suggested eating the bodies of the deceased so that the rest of them survive, the Daily Mail reported.
Survivors of the miracles of Andes celebrate the 40th anniversary of the plane crash with the rugby match in Chile
“(Carlos) Paez said there was no other option for the young survivors, noting for the morbidly curious that human flesh ‘doesn’t know about anything, really,'” the report said.
Paez added that it was the survivors’ duty to travel the world and share their story.
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Forty-five passengers were on the ill-fated plane on October 13, 1972. Authorities said that during the flight, the pilot veered off course in thick fog before crashing into the snow-capped Andes mountains.
Twelve passengers were killed in the crash. Seventeen others died of their injuries and suffocation in an avalanche that occurred days later.
Desperate after more than two months in the icy peaks, Canessa and Fernando Parrado left the crash site to seek help. It was the group’s last attempt at survival.
After 10 days of trekking, they spotted Sergio Catalan, a cattle herder in the foothills of the Chilean Andes. The conditions were such that the two could not get too close to the Catalan, but from a distance they could hear him say a word: “Tomorrow”.
“With that (word) our suffering ended,” said Canessa.
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Survivors are listed as: Roberto Canessa, Fernando Parrado, Carlos Rodriguez, Jose Algorta, Alfredo Delgado, Daniel Fernandez, Roberto Francios, Roy Harley, Jose Inciarte, Alvaro Mangino, Javier Methol, Ramon Sabella, Adolfo Strauch, Eduardo Strauch, Antonio Vizintia and Gustavo Zerbino.
A new Netflix adaptation of their story is in the works.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.