A Guy Survived a Plane Crash and 3 Months in the Wild


It’s the coldest time of the Year. The date is December 21st, 1943 and 5 people
are on-board a b-24 Bomber. The aircraft is nicknamed Iceberg Inez. It was on a mission to test an experimental
system on the plane’s four propellers when it accidentally stalled. The pilot of the plane was 28-year-old Harold
Hoskin and co-pilot 23-year-old Leon Crane. They were flying over the Tanana River in
Alaska – close to the Arctic Circle. When the plane stalled, it took a downward
dive as if it were a roller coaster. Both the pilot and the co-pilot tried to take
control, but a crash was seemingly inevitable. All their flight instruments were blinking
out. Then, a pistol-like bang was heard from the
tail of the plane and a few cracking sounds followed. This wasn’t a good sign. Leon Crane shouted to the crew members to
get ready to parachute to safety. Leon grabbed his parachute, and before he
even realized it, he was in free fall. He deployed his parachute and watched the
Iceberg Inez taking a spin before it hit a mountain. It immediately burst into flames. Leon landed on the fresh snow near the bed
of the Tanana River. He was approximately 2 miles away from the
crash. The plane was loaded with fuel, so he knew
it’d be burning for a while. This meant both good and bad news for the
young man. On the plus side, if the fire burned for long,
it meant that the rescue team would be able to spot his location easily. On the downside, it was burning all the supplies,
including his gloves, sleeping bags, and gear. When he touched down, he repeatedly shouted
out in an attempt to locate his fellow crew members, but he had no luck. He tried listening for any sign or sound of
them; still nothing. It was getting dark, so Leon tried to walk
towards the aircraft, but rocky terrain under the snow made it impossible. He couldn’t afford to sprain his ankle in
such a dire situation. In order to keep warm, he used his silk parachute
as a sleeping bag. He had his flight suit, and was wearing 3
pairs of woolen socks. Leon also found a knife in his pocket that
could be of good use later. As the night progressed it was getting colder,
so to keep his exposed fingers warm, he tucked them under his armpits. The temperature dropped to -60F and Leon had
no choice but to get up and gather some driftwood to start a fire. He got his matches, but his hands were struggling
to light them. To his surprise, the flames were too small
and wouldn’t spread, no matter how many matches he wasted. That was when he remembered that alongside
the rest of his belongings, he had a letter from his dad in his jacket. Don’t judge him, folks. He had to survive. So, he took out the letter and lit it with
a match; the fire finally began spreading to the other branches. The first thing he did was warm up his hands,
and then the rest of his body. As he was laying down, he recalled the last
radio conversation he had with the airbase in Fairbanks. That was about an hour before the plane crash,
which meant that the search area would reach a radius of 200 miles from their last recorded
position. And then another thought followed: “What
if nobody shows up?” Leon kept contemplating his chances of being
saved. For example, there weren’t enough hours
of daylight in the wintertime in Alaska. So, the rescue planes would’ve had limited
time to search. He also considered the possibility that even
if a plane was looking for him, it might not find him. As he looked at his fingers, he noticed that
they were getting whiter, which is an early sign of frostbite. Out of panic, Leon concluded that the best
way to make it out alive was to leave the area and head downstream with the river. After all, the water surely had to drain into
something. Before he left, he shouted one last time to
see if there was any sign of his buddies, but still nothing. Then he started walking with his parachute
and the rest of his belongings. The snow was deep and it took him all day
just to cover one mile. As it got dark again, he started a fire and
his thoughts started stirring. There was a dilemma going on in his head. Should he keep walking to find shelter, or
wait in the area until help arrived? He decided his best bet was to stay put for
a week. That’s how long the rescue team would need
to either show up or call off the search. At this point, hunger was setting in. His stomach was constantly growling. In such freezing conditions, he had to consume
more than 5,000 calories to sustain his weight. He even tried hunting, but that wasn’t in
his field of expertise. So, he just wrapped himself up in the parachute
for three days, and only walked a little when he needed water. After all, the less he moved, the more energy
he saved. Leon was losing hope, but he wasn’t forgotten. You see, a rescue flight had gone out looking
for the Iceberg Inez crew 8 hours after their last contact. In just 2 days, more than 20 search and rescue
missions had launched, but they were all fruitless. After a while, Leon realized he couldn’t
sit there and feel sorry for himself. So, 8 days after the accident, he headed for
the river. It was the 29th of December; the snow was
so deep he was pushing it with his legs like a human shovel. He’d been walking all day and had only covered
300 feet. So, the next day he changed plans again. He began walking on the frozen river instead. As he was hiking, Leon kept telling himself
that at the next bend, a cabin with a fire, warm food and coffee would be waiting for
him. That motivated him. But there was another problem. He hadn’t eaten in days, which made him
feel disoriented, and he wasn’t able to think properly. He kept walking in the dark, pushing himself
to keep going, and what do you know? The cozy cabin he’d been dreaming of appeared
in the distance, half-covered in snow. It was the happiest moment Leon had had in
days. He cleared the drift away from the front door
and opened it. There was nobody there. Inside, he saw a bed in the corner and a table
in the center. On the table, he found burlap sacks filled
with goodies. He took his knife out and started opening
everything. There was cocoa powder to make a delicious
cup of hot chocolate, dried milk, and raisins. He started eating the snacks right away. After that, he did what any sensible person
would do in this situation. He made himself a delicious, warm cup of hot-cocoa,
and went to bed. When he woke up, he prepared the same thing
for breakfast and headed out. Leon believed that there must be a village
nearby, so he was off to find it. Before I continue, who do you think left the
food supplied there? Was it a coincidence or could it be the rescue
team? Let me know in the comments below. As Leon was walking towards some sort of civilization,
he realized that the frozen river was getting narrower and leading nowhere. It was just miles and miles of snow. It was getting dark again. He wasn’t going to spend another night in
the forest, so he began heading back to the new-found cabin. As he was walking, he got lost. He walked for many hours, desperate to find
the cozy home. The landscape was unfamiliar, and since he’d
been walking on ice, he couldn’t find his footprints to head back. But finally, the cabin appeared after 30 long
hours of wondering. Leon needed some rest. He took some time off and scouted the area
for new foods and supplies. Luckily, a few feet away from the cabin, he
found a wooden shelter filled with food, clothes, hunting gear and most importantly, warm mittens. He used all the supplies to make the cabin
a small temporary home to regain his strength, and settled in. Almost two months had gone by since the plane
crash when Leon decided he’d had plenty of rest, and it was time to move on. On February 12th, 1944, he waved goodbye to
the life-saving cabin and walked away. This time, however, he was smarter. He attached a rope around his chest to find
his way back, in case his search didn’t lead anywhere. As he was walking on the river, disaster struck. The ice broke and he fell into the frigid
water. He managed to pull himself out using the rope. Fortunately, the water only reached just below
his waist, and his matches didn’t get wet. So, he went to the bank and started a fire
to warm up and dry his clothes. The next day he continued his trip, and a
pleasant surprise popped up. He came across a second cozy cabin. This one was empty too, but at least he could
keep warm for awhile. Days passed as he continued trudging through
the wild. On March 10th, he stumbled across a trail
and followed it. It led him to a river, and on the opposite
side of the icy waters he spotted another cabin. But this one wasn’t empty. A light was on, and a dog started barking
as soon as he sensed the man. There was a man in the cabin who took Leon
in. It was the first time he’d come across a
real person in 81 days. He hadn’t been this happy for months. He gave him some clothes and food and then
took him to Woodchopper. A mail aircraft picked him up from that location,
and took him to Ladd Field. He met a nurse there that he fell in love
with. They got married, and had 6 children together. After the incident, he worked as an aeronautical
engineer, and then as a builder. He didn’t talk much about his harrowing
experience in the Alaskan wilderness, but his life was happy and full from then on. Hey, if you learned something new today, then
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