A woman falls from the elevator from the 79th floor and survives. How is it possible?


Among the most unusual miscellaneous events of the last century, it is difficult not to mention the tragic “B-25 Mitchell crash” in the United States. And if this memorable drama made such an impression, it is mainly because it brought to light the incredible story of a young woman, Betty Lou Oliver, who miraculously escaped death, despite a fall from a historic elevator 75 stories. It even survived two crashes on the same day. A look back at the timeline of a surreal day. A B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State BuildingA plane has crashed into the Empire State Building – Source: spm It’s 1945, at the end of World War II. This Wednesday, July 28, is a normal day for young Betty Lou Oliver, elevator operator, who goes as usual to her workplace in the prestigious Empire State Building. Despite gray skies and foggy conditions, the 20-year-old never imagined she was about to experience the worst day of her life. That day, a B-25 bomber was on a routine mission to transport soldiers from Massachusetts to New York. Pilot William F. Smith, an experienced captain, led some of the most dangerous missions of the war. But, upon reaching New York, the fog reduced their visibility considerably. Smith then contacts LaGuardia Airport to request landing clearance. Faced with bad weather conditions, the control tower advises him to wait a little longer, but he ignores the advice and begins a dangerous descent that takes him towards the center of Manhattan. The pilot then tries to recover, but as he is disoriented by the fog, he realizes too late that he is leveling the skyscrapers. Without warning, the attack ended up impacting one of them: the plane crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, the tallest building in the world at the time. A terrible tragedy that cost the life to two crew, 11 people inside. the building and the pilot himself. Rescue crews did not find Smith’s body until two days later, as he had been ejected from the plane on impact and ended up in an elevator shaft. In addition, at the time of the accident, certain elements of the aircraft broke and damaged the ground elevator cables. The latter immediately took a free fall to crash into the basement. Betty Lou Oliver was in one of the elevators. Seriously injured, with burns and serious injuries, help arrives to rush her to the hospital. Despite her fractured pelvis and spine, Betty survived. But, it all happened very quickly: the cables of the elevator, in which the stretcher was, were released and Betty Lou took a dizzying fall of 75 floors. Unable to survive such a fall, the firemen must have thought. And yet… the miracle happened. Betty Lou Oliver – Source: spm While she was doomed to certain death, she barely survived. The impact loosened the elevator cables. Luckily, they wrapped around the cage creating a kind of spring that managed to cushion the fall in extremis. Coincidence or destiny? One thing is certain, this simple detail will have saved her life. Surviving the tragedy, the young woman will live for more than half a century. She even entered the Guinness Book of Records as the woman who survived the longest elevator fall in history.Betty Lou died in Fort Smith, Arizona on November 24, 1999 at the age of 74 years. Also read Which of the two women is the child’s mother? Few notice the clue in the photo
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