The wounded German pilot who was rescued thirty-two days after his light aircraft crashed in the frozen Canadian Arctic wastes has attributed his survival to an Eskimo boy who was one of his passengers -- and who died after tending him for three weeks.
MV Pilot seated answering questions
CV Pilot speaks
IN: "When he....."
OUT: "...right wood".
German pilot Martin Hartwell talking to reporters about his survival in Canadian Arctic wastes after aircraft crash.
HARTWELL: "When he came back, two days later he decided to die. He didn't want to get up, and three more days later he was dead. Without him I couldn't have done anything."
REPORTER: What kind of things did he do for you, Sir, that saved your life?"
HARTWELL: "Well, first of all he was very, very scared. He couldn't do anything. I had to tell him everything. He couldn't handle an ace, he couldn't make fire, he didn't know where to find the right wood."
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Background: The wounded German pilot who was rescued thirty-two days after his light aircraft crashed in the frozen Canadian Arctic wastes has attributed his survival to an Eskimo boy who was one of his passengers -- and who died after tending him for three weeks. Two other passengers in the aircraft -- a British nurse and a pregnant Eskimo women being flown to hospital -- died soon after the crash.
In a news conference at his hospital bed in Yellowknife the pilot -- former German Luftwaffe flier, Martin Hartwell, aged 45 - told reporters of his ordeal. This film, received by satellite from Canada, shows him talking about his saviour. We apologise for the poor quality of the sound.
SYNOPSIS: The pilot of the crashed light aircraft in the Canadian Arctic, who lived wounded in icy wilderness for thirty-two days before being rescued, has attributed his survival to an Eskimo boy passenger - who died three weeks after the crash. The pilot German-born Martin Hartwell, talked to reporters about the boy....