Plane crash survivors share chilling first-hand accounts of how they turned into CANNIBALS in new Netflix film ‘Society of the Snow’, calling dead friends ‘organ donors’ who saved them with their flesh

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • The upcoming Netflix film Society of the Snow is based on the 1972 Andes crash
  • The crash occurred on October 13 after the plane crashed into a mountain 
  • Only 16 of the 45 passengers survived the crash 

The Andes flight disaster changed the lives of 45 people on October 13, 1972.

Now, the grim Netflix movie Society of the Snow will provide its streaming platform viewers with an inside look of the surviving passengers harsh realities. 

Everything began when  a pilot, Lieutenant-Colonel Dante Héctor Lagurara, crashed into the Andes Mountains in South America after realizing the plane was 43 miles away from where they were supposed to land.

12 passengers died immediately, 17 others died from injuries and suffocation by avalanche, and 16 passengers survived through hard work and by eating the flesh and organs off the bodies of their dead friends.

Society of the Snow, which details the 72 days the passengers fought to survive in the wilderness, will be released in Uruguay theaters tomorrow, Spain movie cinemas on December 15, and available on Netflix starting January 4.

The upcoming film, Society of the Snow, is based on the 1972 Andes flight disaster – 12 passengers died immediately, 17 others died from injuries and suffocation via avalanche

16 passengers survived the crash after being stuck in the cold weather for 72 days, and its search efforts being called off

16 passengers survived the crash after being stuck in the cold weather for 72 days, and its search efforts being called off

The upcoming film is based on the book of the same name written by Pablo Vierci, which was published in 2009.

Vierci was not on the plane, but he went to school with the passengers on the ill-fated plane.

One of the actual survivors who suggested the idea of cannibalism, Roberto Canessa, also wrote a book published in 2016 about his experiences. 

His autobiography was named I Had to Survive: How a Plane Crash in the Andes Inspired My Calling to Save Lives.

Despite the idea being Canessa’s, the survivor admitted that the thought of eating their friends’ remains was ‘too terrible to contemplate.’

‘For a long time, we agonized. I went out in the snow and prayed to God for guidance,’ he wrote. 

Canessa added: ‘Without His consent, I felt I would be violating the memory of my friends; that I would be stealing their souls.’ 

‘We wondered whether we were going mad even to contemplate such a thing. Had we turned into brute savages?,’ he continued. 

‘Was this the only sane thing to do? Truly, we were pushing the limits of our fear.’ 

Canessa also participated in a long walk while stranded with fellow survivor Fernando Parrado, saying he preferred to walk to meet his death rather than wait for it to come to him. 

The survivors had little food and became sick, which is when they decided to eat the skin and organs of their dead friends known as cannibalism

The survivors had little food and became sick, which is when they decided to eat the skin and organs of their dead friends known as cannibalism 

Cannibalism was difficult for the survivors to adapt to at first but they eventually adjusted to it despite how terrible it was to contemplate

Cannibalism was difficult for the survivors to adapt to at first but they eventually adjusted to it despite how terrible it was to contemplate

Ramon Sabella discussed his decision to turn to cannibalism after he and the 15 other survivors got together for the 50th anniversary of the plane crash.

‘Of course, the idea of eating human flesh was terrible,’ Sabella told The Sunday Times. 

 The seemingly terrible idea was difficult for the passengers, but Sabella said that they all got used to it.

‘In a sense, our friends were some of the first organ donors in the world – they helped to nourish us and kept us alive,’ he added.

Survivor and author of After the tenth day Carlos Paez Rodriguez remembered what what it was like in the freezing cold, and how he felt like ‘it was his duty’ to tell his story.

‘I’m condemned to tell this story forever more, just like the Beatles always having to sing Yesterday,’ he stated.

None of the victims names will be changed for the film that is based on a book written by Pablo Vierci, who went to school with some of the victims

None of the victims names will be changed for the film that is based on a book written by Pablo Vierci, who went to school with some of the victims

Director of Society of Snow J.A. Bayona told Today via The US Sun, ‘We were shooting 12,000 feet, exactly in the same place where the plane crashed, at the same time of year.’

The movie will likely be emotional and possibly painful for the survivors to watch based on what Society of Snow will be about. 

Multiple survivors will be portrayed by Uruguayan actors and there are no changes made to the names of the survivors.

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