Alana Cutland, a 19-year-old University of Cambridge, broke open an airplane door and jumped to death in Madagascar, fending off her friend's desperate attempts to save her.
The second-year student Biological Natural Sciences, of Milton Keynes, died after a fall of 5000 feet from the plane during a study trip.
Her boyfriend and fellow British tourist Ruth Johnson fought to save her for a few minutes.
Ruth and the pilot both grabbed Alana & # 39; s leg to try to keep her on the plane as it took off over the East African land.
However, Alana managed to free herself from their & # 39; exhausted & # 39; grabbed and jumped to death.
Police revealed that the student has five & # 39; paranoia attacks & # 39; had undergone during the & # 39; failed & # 39; research trip, which she had financed herself.
Authorities shared a hair-raising photo of the fight to prevent Alana from jumping.
Alana Cutland, 19-year-old University of Cambridge, died of her death by a light plane over Madagascar
Authorities shared this photo, a recreation of Ruth Johnson and the pilot's attempts to save Alana and prevent her from jumping out. She fell out of the Cessna-like light plane while it was above the East African country, about ten minutes after the take-off
Local police chief Sinola Nomenjahary told how they had recreated the scene after statements by Mrs. Johnson and the pilot.
He said: & # 39; The Cessna C168 plane departed from Anjajavy with three people on board, including Mrs. Johnson, Alana and the pilot.
& # 39; After 10 minutes of flying, Alana loosened her seat belt and opened the right door of the plane and tried to get out.
& Johnson fought five minutes to hold her, but when she was exhausted and out of breath, she let go.
& # 39; Alana then intentionally fell out of an airplane at 1130 meters above sea level.
& # 39; She fell into a zone full of carnivorous Fossa cats. & # 39;
Alana traveled back from a research trip to the remote area of Anjajavy when she jumped out of the plane.
Local reports also claimed that Alana and her parents had several intense and agitated discussions on the phone in the days before her death.
It is feared that her body will never be found after it landed in an area full of carnivorous wild animals.
Alana & # 39; s family says they are & # 39; deeply saddened by the loss of our beautiful, beautiful daughter, who lit up every room she entered & # 39 ;.
Alana thought of traveling back from a research trip to the remote area of Anjajavy
The police are now investigating reports that they opened the door of the plane and jumped to death
She was in the country for a university research trip to complete her studies, and another passenger was on the plane with the pilot.
The internship is considered private and was not a study trip from Cambridge University.
Alana & # 39; s family asked for privacy after her death.
Their statement said: & Our daughter Alana was a smart, independent young woman who was loved and admired by everyone who knew her.
& # 39; She was always so kind and supportive to her family and friends, which resulted in a very special bond with a wide network of people from all walks of life that we know will miss her very much.
Alana's family asked for privacy after her death and paid tribute to the 19-year-old
She was in the East African country for a university research trip to supplement her studies
Alana was in the country for a university research trip and another passenger was on the plane with the pilot
A local report suggested that the student should have opened the aircraft door for the gruesome pilot and another passenger
& # 39; Alana seized every opportunity offered to her with enthusiasm and a sense of adventure, always looking to expand her knowledge and experience in the best possible ways.
& # 39; She was particularly excited to begin the next phase of her education, following an internship in Madagascar to complement her studies in the natural sciences.
& # 39; Alana was also a talented dancer and embraced the more creative side of her talents with joy and dedication.
& # 39; Her thirst for discovering more of the world always ensured that she made everything from every second of her young action-packed life.
& # 39; We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beautiful, beautiful daughter, who lit up every room she entered and made people smile just by being there. & # 39;
A friend said to the sun: & She was amazing, one of the most beautiful and purest girls I have ever known – inside and out.
& # 39; It has all been a nightmare for her family and friends at home in the UK.
Alice Cutland is celebrating after she passed her driving test in January 2017. Her family has paid tribute to her
Her family said in a statement: & # 39; Our daughter Alana was a smart, independent young woman who was loved and admired by everyone who knew her & # 39;
Her family said Alana was also a talented dancer and she was vice-president of the Society Dance Society, of the University of Cambridge
Dr. David Woodman of Robinson College, Cambridge University, said in a statement: “Robinson College is deeply shocked by the news of Alana's death. In her two years here she has made a huge contribution to many different aspects of university life & # 39;
Alana was not only a talented dancer, but also involved in the yoga and mindfulness society at the university
& # 39; We knew she had a sort of plane trip last week to study the seabed on a neighboring island, but then the contact died and we started to fear the worst.
& # 39; Alana had so much for her. She loved animals and nature and was overjoyed to go to Madagascar to pursue her passion. & # 39;
Dr. David Woodman of Robinson College, Cambridge University, said in a statement: “Robinson College is deeply shocked by the news of Alana's death. In her two years here she has made an enormous contribution to many different aspects of life at the university.
& # 39; She will be missed very much by all of us. The College expresses its sincere condolences to the Alana family in this extremely difficult time. & # 39;
According to the website, Alana was involved in the yoga and mindfulness society at the college.
She was also a talented dancer and vice-president of the student association Cutazz, at the University of Cambridge.
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