German film director Werner Herzog nearly took LANSA Flight 508, but canceled at the last minute. The plane was struck by lightning, killing 91 of 92 crew members and passengers. The lone survivor was 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke, whose story was told in Herzog’s documentary Wings of Hope.
The ‘Indestructrible’ Nicholas Alkemade survived an 18K ft fall from crashing bomber in 1944 completely unharmed. After WW2 while working at a chemical plant he survived: a 15 min exposure to chlorine gas, being sprayed with sulphuric acid, and having a 9ft steel pole fall on him.
Evans Monsignac, a man who was buried alive for 27 days after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, survived by sipping sewage. After his rescue, he weighed just 40kgs, having shed 27kgs during his ordeal.
The final science exam for 8th grade students in Ketchikan Alaska is a 2 night survival trip on an uninhabited island.
A British Navy Stoker managed to escape from a sinking submarine and get to the surface over a 100 feet up. He then swam five miles to land.
Andreas Mihavecz is an Austrian who was taken into custody and forgotten in his cell for 18 days by policemen. He lost 24 kg (53 pounds) and holds the record of surviving the longest without any food or liquids.
Richard Proenneke left his career as a heavy equipment operator, flew to a remote Alaskan lake, built a log cabin by hand, and lived alone for 30 years.
The Chief Baker on the Titanic “fortified” himself using alcohol and survived the freezing for two hours until he was rescued from the sinking ocean liner.
Only one man survived the 1902 Mount Pelee eruption, which killed 30,000 people, because he’d been thrown in jail the day before and his cell was partially underground. It had thick stone walls, a bomb-proof magazine, and a small slit for breathing with no other windows.
In 2014, a three-year-old girl, Karina Chikitova, survived 11 days in the Siberian wilderness with only her dog for company. She ate wild berries and drank from a river, curling up next to her dog for warmth. She was saved when her dog went back to her village and guided rescuers to her.