Visna Volok and a plane similar to the one destroyed by the explosion / Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records
Visna Volok and a plane similar to the one destroyed by the explosion / Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records

On January 26, 1972, an air hostess, Visna Volok, was on board Yugoslavian Airlines Flight 367.

This flight was going from Stockholm, Sweden to Belgrade, Serbia and when the plane was passing through the airspace of Czechoslovakia, it was split into 3 pieces due to a sudden explosion.

The explosion and plane crash killed everyone on board, but Visna Volok miraculously survived the 33,333-foot (6.13-mile) fall.

Even after 50 years, it is the highest fall without a parachute World record Is.

The flight had 2 stops between Stockholm and Belgrade, the first stop being the Danish city of Copenhagen where Visna and the rest of the crew boarded.

Interestingly, according to Vasna’s schedule, he was not supposed to be part of the crew of the ill-fated flight.

In a 2002 interview, he said that another air hostess was named Wasna and the airline mistakenly put her on the flight instead.

Vasna was 23 years old at that time.

46 minutes into the flight from Copenhagen, an explosion occurred in the baggage compartment, after which the plane split into 3 parts.

After this, the passengers and other crew members woke up outside the plane, possibly due to air pressure, where the air temperature was very low and died.

But the role of a food trolley, which was located in the far corner of the main section of the plane, is believed to be important in avoiding the vesna.

The trolley separated from the rest of the aircraft and headed towards the ground with Vasana on top.

The trolley fell on the snow-covered ground of Srbsk√° Kamenice, a village in Czechoslovakia, at an angle that may have played a role in saving the lives of the air hostesses.

Moreover, Braun Wasna was a patient of low blood pressure and she fainted immediately after the plane’s cabin was depressurized, thereby preventing the heart from exploding due to air pressure.

The air hostess was discovered screaming in the wreckage by Bruno Honke, a local villager who provided medical aid to the soldiers during World War II.

With his expertise in first aid, Bruno Hohnke administered first aid to Visna before the arrival of rescue personnel, which also helped save her life.

Although Vasana survived the fall from such a height, she was badly injured and remained in a coma for several days.

Both legs were broken along with a skull fracture and several ribs and bones were broken, temporarily paralyzing his lower body.

But surprisingly 10 months later she was able to walk again but with permanent spinal cord damage.

After his heroic escape, Visna Volok became considered a national icon in Yugoslavia, and a song was even written in his honor.

At the Guinness Book of World Records Hall of Fame ceremony in 1985, Visna was awarded a certificate and medal for the record for the highest jump without a parachute.

According to the Czechoslovak Civil Aviation Authority, the explosion on the plane was caused by a bomb in a briefcase, and a man called a newspaper office in Sweden and claimed responsibility.

But no arrest was ever made in this incident.

Vasana being presented with a Guinness Book of World Records certificate and medal / Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records
Vasana being presented with a Guinness Book of World Records certificate and medal / Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records

After recovering from her injuries, Vasna started working for the same airline again, but this time she was given a desk job and continued to work there until the 1990s.

Vasana died in December 2016 at the age of 66, but is still known around the world for his charismatic survival story.

His record has also been maintained for 50 years, but the Guinness Book of World Records has expressed the desire that it should remain intact and that no one would ever face such an experience.