Bertrand Russell survived a plane crash at the age of 76, in which 19 of the 43 passengers died. Russell survived because he was seated in the smoking section, claiming before the flight that “If I cannot smoke, I shall die.”
A twelve year old girl was the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed all 152 other passengers, including her mother. She floated in the ocean for nine hours before being rescued.
An estimated 165 people rode trains from Hiroshima to Nagasaki and survived both atomic bomb blasts.
A man once wrestled a bear, had his leg mutilated, was left for dead, woke up, set the wound on his own, and crawled over 200 miles for six weeks back to his home town, and then set out to find the men who left him to die.
In 1951, after his plane crashed into the ocean, Clint Eastwood swam 3 miles to safety (along with his pilot).
In 2005, a woman named Shayna Richardson survived a chute malfunction while falling thousands of feet and face planting into a parking lot. Not only did she successfully recover, but in the ER she discovered she was 2 weeks pregnant. The baby was not affected in any way by the accident.
A 17 year old girl survived a free fall from 10,000 feet when her plane disintegrated.