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Surviving the Jungles of Ecuador with Lynn Saunders

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In Lynn Saunder's words,"I have a pretty good survival story from November 2008 involving a plane crash in the very remote jungles of Ecuador. I was doing some ecological engineering consulting at a remote jungle ecolodge that is accessed only by plane or a several day canoe ride. The day of the crash, I was leaving the lodge to catch another flight to the capital Quito and then to fly home to Chicago the following day. I was riding up front in the little 4-seater Cessna with the captain; the other two passengers consisted of my field assistant and an Achuar resident and employee of the ecolodge. (The Achuar are an indigenous people in whose territory the ecolodge is located) . We were several hundred feet above the forest canopy when the plane failed for unknown reasons and began to go down. The sound was deafening as we crashed through the multiple forest layers until we eventually hit ground. Bam. We hit hard. The plane was totaled and it is amazing that we all survived."

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