There have been 14 major airplane crashes with a sole survivor in the history of commercial aviation. Most of the lone survivors are dealing with debilitating guilt that few can understand.
These survivors have never met each other, until now. They have come together in the new CNN Film "Sole Survivor."
Written and directed by Ky Dickens, the filmmaker says the movie addresses the fact that "survivors are victims too."
For nearly 20 years Dickens was riddled with guilt.
At 16, she gave her seat to a friend who died just minutes later in a car crash - leaving her to ask herself why she was spared.
Speaking to Michaela Pereira on "New Day" Monday, Dickens said survivors often want to remain anonymous because they feel pressure to go on and reach achievements for the people who did not survive.
"For the survivors in this film, you know – how do you live your life for the 79 or 156 or – all the other people that perished, let alone the dreams of those people's families and friends? And so I think the immense pressure ... to not live up to the hope and promise sometimes people assign to a survivor, especially of a plane crash, leads people to often want to be anonymous."
Tune in to CNN to see the film "Sole Survivor" January 9, 2014 at 9pm ET.