Vesna Vulović was born in Belgrade on 3 January 1950. She joined JAT, Yugoslavia’s national flag carrier and largest airline, in 1971. She was the sole survivor after a briefcase bomb exploded in the baggage compartment of JAT Flight 367 on 26 January 1972. She spent days in a coma and was hospitalized for several months.
About Vesna Vulović in brief
Vesna Vulović was born in Belgrade on 3 January 1950. She joined JAT, Yugoslavia’s national flag carrier and largest airline, in 1971. She was the sole survivor after a briefcase bomb exploded in the baggage compartment of JAT Flight 367 on 26 January 1972, causing it to crash near Srbská Kamenice, Czechoslovakia. She spent days in a coma and was hospitalized for several months. She suffered a fractured skull, three broken vertebrae, broken legs, broken ribs, and a fractured pelvis. She made an almost complete recovery but continued to walk with a limp. She later campaigned on behalf of the Democratic Party, advocating for Serbia’s entry into the European Union. Her final years were spent in seclusion and she struggled with survivor guilt. She lived alone in her Belgrade apartment on a small pension until her death in 2016. She had no memory of the incident and had no qualms about flying in the aftermath of the crash. The Yugoslav authorities suspected that Croatian nationalists were to blame, but no one was ever arrested. She was fired from JAT in the early 1990s after taking part in anti-government protests during the breakup of Yugoslavia. She continued her work as a pro-democracy activist until the Socialist Party of Serbia was ousted from power during the Bulldozer Revolution of October 2000. She died on 23 December 2016 at the age of 66. She is survived by her husband, two children, and two step-grandchildren. She leaves behind a daughter and a son.
She also has a son and a step-daughter who are still living in the United States. She has a daughter who is married to a former Yugoslav prime minister, who she met while working as a flight attendant for JAT. Her son and daughter-in-law have a son who is currently living in New York City and a grandson who is studying at the University of California, San Diego. She never had any children of her own and has no plans to have any more children. Her husband and daughter are now married and have two children of their own, who live in the U.S. with their own daughter, who lives in California. Her daughter is also a former flight attendant and has a stepson who is also working for Jat. She left Yugoslavia in 1971 and moved to the United Kingdom in 1971, hoping to improve her English-language skills. In 1972, she was on a flight from Stockholm to Belgrade with stopovers in Copenhagen and Zagreb. She said that she was not scheduled to be on Flight 367, and JAT had confused her for another flight attendant also named Vesna. The crew had the entire afternoon and the following morning to themselves. She wished to go sightseeing but her colleagues insisted that they go shopping with them. The aircraft landed at Copenhagen at 2:30 p.m. (GMT) on January 26, 1972. She says she saw all the passengers and the crew deplane and saw the deplane park, and saw it was late, but did not think it was the man who put the bomb in baggage.