ON THIS DAY in 1971, LANSA Flight 508 exploded in midair over the Peruvian rainforest. Of the 93 aboard, only 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke survived after falling 10,000 feet while still strapped to her seat. In 2000, the incident was the subject of Werner Herzog’s TV documentary, WINGS OF HOPE.
ON THIS DAY in 1971, D. B. Cooper parachuted over Washington state from a hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines jet with $200,000 in ransom money. In 1981, THE PURSUIT OF D.B. COOPER, starring Robert Duvall and Treat Williams, dramatized this event.