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How To Survive A Plane Crash And A Free Fall Through An Elevator Shaft: The Betty Lou Oliver Story

Updated 4 Apr 2018 8.1k views10 items

A lot of people have phobias of getting on and off elevators, but accidents and injuries from elevator travel remain a rare phenomenon. Elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver had the unfortunate experience of enduring such an accident in the Empire State Building, but remarkably survived a 75 story fall. What makes her story even more fascinating? Her accident occurred on the same day a B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building.

The 1945 Empire State Building B-25 crash occurred when a plane collided with the Empire State Building. Betty Lou Oliver was only a floor away from the impact. She was lucky to survive this first accident, which makes it remarkable that she survived the subsequent elevator fall. A number of nearly miraculous conditions allowed Oliver to live. Despite enduring two life threatening accidents in a single day, Oliver went on to live a full and happy life. 

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