The Wallet Lost In A Plane Crash Returned 30 Years Later

Samuel Reason | July 16th, 2018

Walking up high in the Andes, crossing over glaciers, would not be the sort of place you might find a lost wallet. Climbing up with the air thinning, Ricardo Pena saw some blue material frozen in the ice. It was a jacker, he quickly pulled it out of the snow and saw a wallet tumbled out.

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Ricardo had suddenly become part of one of the legendary adventure stories of the modern time, no longer was he just reading about it and being inspired, now he was part of the story! The wallet belonged to Eduardo Strauch part of the group of Uruguayan rugby players whose chartered plane crashed into a 15,000-foot peak in 1972.

The plane dropped through the clouds due to turbulence, clipped a peak and crashed into the unmapped range of Aconcagua: the highest mountain in the Southern hemisphere. Amazingly the main cabin stayed very intact which allowed 32 passengers to somehow survive the initial crash.

The group found themselves in a deserted and secluded mountain, they thought they would be rescued quickly so did not even ration their supplies but rescuers were looking in the wrong spot. On the 17th day, an avalanche killed eight of the survivors & the rest of the group decided the only way to survive was to eat the bodies of their dead comrades. They were able to survive the subzero temperatures, fight against infections and somehow stomach human flesh for the next 56 days. When the weather became warmer, they send two across the mountain into Chile where they found some farmers and were able to radio for help.

The amazing find turned out to be the wallet of Eduardo Strauch, even more, incredible was he was still alive. Pena immediately contacted him and was able to return his affairs to him, which Strauch noted gave him some intense emotional memories.

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