3. Helen Klaben
Most of us can’t go a few hours without having a bite to eat – imagine lasting 42 days without any food! That is exactly what Klaben and Ralph Flores did when their single engine aircraft went down in the dense Yukon wilderness. It wasn’t a freak accident, it was pilot error that resulted in Klaben becoming a minor celebrity and losing a whole bunch of weight which she was really happy about. While Klaben was left immobilized from a crushed foot, Flores eventually wrote the SOS sign that resulted in their rescue.