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Andes survivors mark 40th anniversary of crash

Source : AP
Last Updated: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 05:38 hrs

An Uruguayan rugby team has played a match that was postponed for four decades after its plane crashed in the Andes, stranding some members for more than two months and forcing them to eat human flesh to stay alive.

They squared off in Santiago on Saturday against the former Chilean rugby team they were to have played to mark the 40th anniversary of the crash made famous by a best-selling book and a Hollywood movie.

Officials unveiled a commemorative frame with pictures of those who died in the snowy peaks.

The Uruguayan air force plane that carried the team crashed in the cordillera in October 1972 while en route from Montevideo to Santiago. Only 16 of the 45 passengers aboard survived, by feeding on dead passengers preserved in the snow.

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