Photo showed the 30-year-old woman bent into the buckled roof of the black-and-yellow taxi before she was rushed to hospital, where she had a lung, a kidney and her spleen removed, according to officials.
Witnesses in the restaurant atop the Panamericano hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, described how she had calmly ordered a coffee and left her purse behind before taking off her shoes to climb over a safety barrier and jumping.
Juan Carlos Candame, a taxi driver, also witnessed the entire incident. Candame told the Associated Press Television Newsthat that he observed the woman, who has yet to be identified, climb over the barrier on the roof of the Hotel Crown Plaza Panamericano, which is 23 stories tall. She proceeded to simply launch herself into the air.
“If I had not got out, she would have killed me,” the unsuspecting driver of another taxi, Miguel Cajal, told local media. “I felt this explosion and I saw this woman’s body sunken into the roof of my cab. “The first thing I did was call my family. And then I just started to cry; it is really hard to see something like that.”
Mr Cajal told the C5N television station that he jumped out of the car because he saw a policeman stopping traffic and looking up. The action most likely saved his life. Because seconds later, the 30-year-old Argentine woman landed in a sitting position on top of his vacated vehicle, crushing the roof in over the driver’s side.
The woman was rushed to the nearby Hospital Argerich, where she was being operated on for injuries including internal bleeding and broken hips and ribs, Alberto Crescenti, director of Argentina’s Emergency Medical System, told the government news agency Telam. He estimated that she fell nearly 330 feet (100 meters.)
According to the Breaking News, in November, 2010, an 18-month-old baby fell eight stories from an apartment window in Paris and survived. The child hit an awning and bounced into the waiting arms of a bystander. Police said no injuries were uncovered by initial medical exams.
There are also several reports of aircrewmen surviving thousands of feet of falling into the earth during World War II, according to the “Free Fall Research Page,” usually at heights of around 18,000 feet.
But the longest fall survived on record occurred in 1972 when Jat Airways stewardess, Vesna Vulovic, fell 33,000 feet with the wreckage of the airplane she was riding in when it exploded (believed to be from a terrorist bomb).
However, the longest fall survived in free fall and without the aid of a dragging parachute occurred in January 1942, when Lt. I.M. Chisov, a Russian airman who fell from his bomber when it was attacked by German fighters. Chisov fell 22,000 feet before hitting the edge of a snow-covered ravine, which may have been instrumental in saving his life. [InfoBae via Associated Content and Huff Post]