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Eating Your Friends Is The Hardest: The Survivors of the F-2

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Eating Your Friends Is The Hardest:
The Survivors of the F-227
Article 24

About The Tragedy
On October 12, 1972 a Fairchild F-227 plane left from Uruguay and was headed to Chile
On the plane were 15 members of an amateur rugby team and 25 of their relatives and friends.
The pilots became concerned with the dangerous turbulence over the Andres Mountains so they decided to land in Argentina.
They continued the flight the next day because a pilot that flew over the turbulence said that the F-227 should be able to fly over it as well.
They hit an air pocket and the plane plunged 3,000 ft to a snow covered valley. Only 27 survived.
No fuel, almost no food, a few bottles of wine and many cartons of cigarettes
After The Tragedy
To their friends and relatives, the news of their survival came as a shock because they all thought they had died.
At first their physicians and the government kept the cannibalism a secret.
But once the news leaked, it made headlines around the world. The world reacted with shock and horror mixed with fascination.
"It was like a heart transplant. The dead sustained the living."
Since they were Roman Catholics, they asked for forgiveness, but the priests said they don't need forgiveness because they did nothing wrong.
They buried what was left of the dead at the site of the crash.
After coming home they basically became celebrities but they shunned the spotlight and thought of themselves as special people.
Sociological Lessons (cont.)
People assign meanings to certain things but they can change.
If one person gets enough people to support them then the definition of things can be changed but that person is seen as a deviant.
Every group of people has norms. They organize themselves on the basis of inequality which leads to one person being the leader.
About The Tragedy (cont.)
They soon realized that the only way to survive was to eat the flesh from the bodies of the people who were already dead.
Some people didn't think this was right so they didn't eat it. Others ate the sun thawed strips of meat to try to stay alive.
They rationed the meat and gave more to those who were chosen to go in search of help.
Once they got the transistor radio working, they found out that the search for them had been called off.
70 days later only 16 remained alive.
The 3 people that were chosen to search for help left and after 10 days they found a shepherds hut. The other 13 were rescued on December 21, 1972.
Sociological Lessons
People try to maintain a respectable sense of self even thought they participate in deviant activities. Sometimes those people aren't convinced of the new definition of things.
People feel the need to justify their actions to others. They want to fit in with the others.
Once you gain support from others you gain a base, then no one stands alone.
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