Best of AOT: Nando Parrado Tells His Amazing Tale of Survival
The world watched this past week as 33 Chilean miners were brought to the earth’s surface in what many are calling a miracle. Although the disastrous circumstances could not have more different, parallels were inevitably drawn to the “Miracle in the Andes” of nearly 40 years ago, when a plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the treacherous mountains. Of the 45 people on board that plane, twelve died in the crash, and only 16 survived 72 days of isolation, hunger, and 30 degree-below-zero temperatures during the night.
One of the survivors was Nando Parrado who, years later, recounted the events in his book Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home. Back in 2006, Parrado visited the Tattered Cover book store in Denver to share his story with us.
If you enjoyed this Best of Authors On Tour podcast, please listen to the entire Nando Parrado podcast.
This podcast was originally recorded on May 12, 2006.