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Plane crash survivors celebrate life

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 01:29

Oct. 14 - The Uruguayan survivors of a 1972 Andes plane crash travel to Chile to play the Rugby match they were meant to 40 years ago and commemorate their dramatic saga. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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Stranded more than two months in the freezing Andes mountains, these men celebrate life. The rugby team from Uruguay was headed to Chile for a match when the plane struck a mountain in 1972. Forty years later, they are in Chile playing that game and remembering their rescuers. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PLANE CRASH SURVIVOR, CARLOS MIGUEL PAEZ, SAYING: "I think that this is a traditional date that we have kept for many years, and I think it is good we did. It's a day of reflection, a day of reflection on life as it does continue on. This is quite important to realise." Among the survivors was Daniel Fernandez who famously resorted to eating the flesh of frozen crash victims to survive. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PLANE CRASH SURVIVOR, DANIEL FERNANDEZ, SAYING: "Thinking that 40 years ago to this hour we were there when the plane had fallen, and now I can be here to talk about it with the people we were to visit then. They have a special love for us and it all started with a rugby team." After learning they had been given up for dead, two of the men walked for 10 days until they met livestock farmer Sergio Catalan, who attended Saturday's match. The helicopter that rescued the men also made an appearance. Only 16 of the 45 people on the flight survived. Their saga was chronicled in a book, and later the movie "Alive".

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Plane crash survivors celebrate life

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 01:29