Vesna Vulovic, an air stewardess, who survived the highest ever fall by a human being after her plane exploded at 33,000ft (10,000m), has died aged 66. State TV in Vulovic’s home country of Serbia said she was found dead in her apartment in Belgrade. The cause of death was not immediately known. Vulovic was working on a Yugoslav Airlines flight on 26 Jan 1972 when a suspected bomb brought the Douglas DC-9 down in mountains in Czechoslovakia.  All 27 other passengers and crew died. Vulovic was trapped by a food cart in the plane’s tail section, which plummeted to earth in freezing temperatures.he tail landed in a heavily wooded area blanketed by snow, cushioning the impact, investigators said at the time. She was rescued by Bruno Honke, a woodsman who heard her screaming in the dark while the debris came down around them. After arriving in hospital, Vulovic fell into a coma for 10 days. She had a fractured skull, two crushed vertebrae and she had broken her pelvis, several ribs and both legs. “I was broken, and the doctors put me back together again,” she told the New York Times in 2008. “Nobody ever expected me to live this long.” The fall gained the stewardess a place in the Guinness Book of Records 1985 for the highest fall survived without a parachute.  It was suspected that a bomb was planted inside the jet during a stopover in Copenhagen, Denmark, but nothing was ever proven and no arrests were ever made.

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