On January 26, 1972, Vesna Vulovi (Yugoslavia, b. 3 January 1950; d. 23 December 2016) was 23 years old and working as a Jugoslavenski Aerotransport hostess when she survived a fall from 10,160 metres (33,333 feet) over Srbská Kamenice, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).
An explosion tore the DC-9 she was working on apart in mid-flight, according to the official accident report. Vulovi was the only one who made it out alive.
According to a journalistic investigation conducted in 2009, the plane disintegrated at a much lower altitude than stated in the official accident report, having been forced into a rapid emergency descent prior to its demise.
However, one of the journalists admitted that the evidence was merely circumstantial.
She spent 16 months in the hospital after waking up from a 27-day coma with multiple broken bones.
After falling 573 m (1,880 ft) in 13 – 14 seconds, the human body is estimated to reach 99 per cent of its low-level terminal velocity. At normal atmospheric pressure, this is 188-201 km/h (117-125 mph) in a random posture, but up to 298 km/h (185 mph) in a head-down position.