Today’s news from ABC NewsPrisoners of the Snow is an ABC News Studios documentary that recounts the remarkable tale of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which carried a rugby team and their friends and family to a tournament in Chile in 1972. Only 16 of the 45 passengers ultimately survived the plane crash in the isolated Andes Mountains after it was blanketed in snow.
The two-hour documentary, which was covered by ABC News contributor Chris Connelly, includes fresh interviews with five accident survivors: Nando Parrado, Roberto Canessa, Carlitos Pez Rodr guez, Eduardo Strauch, and Roy Harley.
They share their account of struggling to survive for 72 days in the bitter wilderness. Monday, May 22 (9:01 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC; the following day, on Hulu.
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The five guys recount their tale of grit and tenacity through their harrowing firsthand tales, which inspired the well-known television series Yellowjackets. They retrace the unbelievable decisions they were forced to make to stay alive by eating the bodies of their dead comrades as their sole means of sustenance, from escaping death in the plane crash and two avalanches to approaching hunger.
Parrado and Canessa paved the route for their miracle escape and rescue after spending 61 days on the mountain. Interviews with mountaineers, adventurers, and survival specialists who have researched their experience, been to the crash site and followed the escape route are also included in the show, which explains the enormous difficulties the passengers faced.
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ABC News Studios is the producer of Prisoners of the Snow. Senior executive producer David Sloan is. Executive producer Muriel Pearson is involved. The senior producer is Erica Baumgart. Mike Kelley serves as the studio’s director.