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Season 10, Episode 24 Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors

First Aired: May 19, 2009

The 16 young men (of 45 passengers and crew) of a 1972 plane crash in the Andes recall their ordeal, which found them stranded for 72 days on a snowy peak after the search for the plane's wreckage was called off. To prevent starvation, the survivors did the unthinkable: They cannibalized the bodies of passengers who had perished. Included: interviews with the men, who return to the site of the crash; archival footage.

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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