4. Disaster of FH-227 from the Uruguayan air force
October 13th, 1972 in the Andes crashed the turboprop FH-227 Uruguayan air force, on Board of which were five crew members and 40 passengers – members of the local Rugby team, their families and sponsors. The first 12 people died immediately after the crash. Survivors had no warm clothes, no medicine, no food. Eight people some time later were killed by an avalanche.
The authorities stopped the searching operation on the eighth day, and the victims of the disaster were left to themselves. 16 people survived only due to the fact that two passengers made a 10-day crossing through the mountains and stumbled upon a Chilean farmer, who informed the authorities about the crash.