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  • Christine McKenzie Fell 11,000 Feet Onto Power Lines on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#4) Christine McKenzie Fell 11,000 Feet Onto Power Lines

    August 2004 was not a good month for South African skydiver Christine McKenzie. The 23-year-old was in free-fall when her parachute failed to open. This prompted her to try her reserve chute, but this too malfunctioned and became tangled as it partially inflated. The incredibly rare occurrence meant that McKenzie hardly slowed before she smashed into a series of powerlines before hitting the ground. Those powerlines saved her life, though, absorbing most of the energy from the fall and drastically reducing her impact.

    Despite the fact that literally everything that could go wrong in her jump did go wrong, McKenzie managed to survive with just a broken pelvis and some bruising.

  • ‘Miracle Man’ Joshua Hanson Survives Fall From City Hotel on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#6) ‘Miracle Man’ Joshua Hanson Survives Fall From City Hotel

    Joshua Hanson astounded doctors when he survived a 200 ft fall from a hotel that would almost certainly have killed anyone else. The accident happened when Hanson ran from an elevator in January 2007. He lost his balance and fell through a window, plummeting from the 17th floor of the building onto an overhanging roof.

    From there, he fell to the ground, somehow landing on his feet. The 29-year-old suffered a myriad of serious injuries, including internal bleeding and multiple broken bones but was lucky to simply stay alive.

  • Tim Stilwell Fell From The Fifteenth Floor Of A Hotel on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#12) Tim Stilwell Fell From The Fifteenth Floor Of A Hotel

    After finding out that he was locked out of his own apartment in June 2013, Tim Stilwell decided the best course of action was to try to hang and drop onto his neighbor's balcony. Things didn't exactly go as planned, and the 20-year-old slipped and fell from the fifteenth floor of the building and landed on the roof of a building at ground level. According to medical experts who attended the scene, he was incredibly lucky to have survived the fall.

    And some suggested that the roof of the building may have broken his fall, preventing life-threatening injuries. He came away with broken bones and internal bruising but was expected to make a full recovery.

  • Steve Fossett’s Hot Air Balloon Was Destroyed By A Storm As He Crashed To Earth on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#8) Steve Fossett’s Hot Air Balloon Was Destroyed By A Storm As He Crashed To Earth

    Steve Fossett was an adventurer who made several attempts to travel around the world in a hot air balloon. In one such attempt in August 1998, he suffered a catastrophic accident as his balloon crashed into a storm front. Hail tore apart the structure and sent his small capsule tumbling towards Earth. After falling almost 30,000 ft, Fossett woke up to discover he had not only survived the ordeal but was also completely unharmed.

    The capsule had landed in water and protected him from injury, though, he did have to spend 10 hours at sea before he was rescued.

  • Alan Magee Lived Through A Plane Crash on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#5) Alan Magee Lived Through A Plane Crash

    WWII Air Force Sergeant Alan Magee was part of a B-17 Flying Fortress crew that was hit by German fire during a mission. The airman not only found himself plummeting towards the planet’s surface in the wreckage of his plane, but he had also been hit by gunfire during the attack. Yet, miraculously, he still managed to eject himself from the aircraft.

    Falling through the air, Magee found that his parachute wouldn't work as it had been damaged, meaning he was in free fall when he crashed through the glass ceiling of a train station. Bizarrely, this glass ceiling actually managed to save his life, cushioning the fall enough so that he only had some minor injuries.

  • Vesna Vulovic Holds The Record For The Highest Fall Survived Without A Parachute on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#1) Vesna Vulovic Holds The Record For The Highest Fall Survived Without A Parachute

    In January 1972, Vesna Vulovic was on a flight over what was then Czechoslovakia as a flight attendant for Jugoslavenski Aerotransport. The aircraft broke up in midair when a bomb exploded onboard, killing everybody with the exception of Vulovic. She fell an estimated 33,333 ft before landing on the ground and somehow managed to survive. She was seriously injured from the accident, however. 

    She spent 16 months in the hospital and was in a coma for 27 days, as well as having dozens of broken bones. However, she went on to make a full recovery.

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