Lost in the Andes

Remains of the aircraft
Remains of the aircraft
On 13 October 1972, in the central region of the Andes located between Argentina and Chile, an aeroplane carrying forty-five people crashed due to a navigation error. Seventy-two days after the crash, two young survivors appeared on the banks of the Andean mountain river Azufre, just when everyone had lost hope and had given up searching for the plane and its survivors.
The following case study is based on this tragedy. Discover this icy world, learn about the Andes and the struggle of the tragedy’s survivors using real data from Earth orbiting satellites.

This case study includes:

  • an introduction
  • a background section
  • exercises

    You can access them by clicking on the links on the right.

    Last update: 29 October 2013

    Lost in the Andes!

     •  Introduction (http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Eduspace_Global_EN/SEMFUH52Q8H_0.html)
     •  Background (http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Eduspace_Global_EN/SEM0YH52Q8H_0.html)


     •  Exercise 1: The Andean region (http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Eduspace_Global_EN/SEMA8I52Q8H_0.html)
     •  Exercise 2: Vegetation cover (NDVI) (for university students) (http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Eduspace_Global_EN/SEMJSX52Q8H_0.html)
     •  Exercise 3: The geographical setting of the accident (http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Eduspace_Global_EN/SEM2O962Q8H_0.html)
     •  Exercise 4: The route back to civilisation (http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Eduspace_Global_EN/SEM3RB62Q8H_0.html)
     •  Exercise 5: Expedition “Alive!” (http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Eduspace_Global_EN/SEMFIC62Q8H_0.html)
     •  Exercise 6: A multidisciplinary workshop (http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Eduspace_Global_EN/SEMABF62Q8H_0.html)

    Eduspace - Software

     •  LEOWorks 3 (http://esamultimedia.esa.int/multimedia/LEOWorks3.exe)
     •  LEOWorks 4 (MacOS) (http://leoworks.asrc.ro/download/leoworks.app.zip)
     •  LEOWorks 4 (Windows) (http://leoworks.asrc.ro/download/leoworks.exe)
     •  LEOWorks 4 (Linux) (http://leoworks.asrc.ro/download/leoworks.jar)

    Eduspace - Download

     •  Lost_in_the_Andes.zip (http://esamultimedia.esa.int/eduspace/Lost_in_the_Andes.zip)

    More on the Andes tragedy

     •  Wikipedia summary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_Andes_flight_disaster)