A former flight attendant who was the sole survivor of a Yugoslav Airlines flight which exploded at 33,333 feet over Czechoslovakia in 1972, earning her a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records for the highest fall without a parachute. She continued working for the airline after making a full recovery from her extensive injuries, though not as a flight attendant, but was sacked in 1990 after expressing views critical of president Slobodan Miloseviç and Serbian nationalism. Her status as a national heroine prevented her being arrested for her continuing open defiance of the government and participation in anti-Miloseviç demonstrations. She remained active in Serbian politics after the ousting of Miloseviç. Died on 23rd December in her apartment in Belgrade at the age of 68.
“When I travel on a plane, people always want to sit next to me.” – Vesna