Where does the plane crash happen and how long ago was it in chapter 2 of The Little Prince?    

The plane crash in Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince happened six years after the "current" time in the book. It happened in the middle of the Sahara Desert, "a thousand miles from any human habitation."

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In Chapter II of The Little Prince , the narrator of the book—a pilot like Saint-Exupery, the author of the novel—recounts how he had an accident with his plane "six years ago." The accident occurred "a thousand miles from any human habitation" (Chap. II, 2) in the middle of the...

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In Chapter II of The Little Prince, the narrator of the book—a pilot like Saint-Exupery, the author of the novel—recounts how he had an accident with his plane "six years ago." The accident occurred "a thousand miles from any human habitation" (Chap. II, 2) in the middle of the Sahara Desert, over which Saint-Exupery had flown many times as an airmail pilot.

I was more isolated than a shipwrecked sailor on a raft in the middle of the ocean. (Chap. II, 2)

"Something was broken in my engine," the pilot says, and without a mechanic or even a passenger to help him, he set about making the difficult repairs himself (Chap. II, 1).

It was a question of life or death for me: I had scarcely enough drinking water to last a week. (Chap. II, 1)

In fact, Saint-Exupery crashed into the Sahara Desert with his navigator during an air race in 1935. They wandered in the desert for four days with only a thermos of coffee, some chocolate, and a few crackers to sustain them. They were rescued by a Bedouin, who, like the little prince himself, seemed to appear in the desert from nowhere.

The Little Prince, first published in 1943, was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900–1944), a French writer and aviator. As a commercial pilot in the 1920s, Saint-Exupery flew airmail routes in Europe, northern Africa, and South America. He was a test pilot for a time in the 1930s, then joined the French Air Force in World War II and flew reconnaissance missions over France.

Saint-Exupery disappeared on a spy mission over southern France in 1944, just one year after The Little Prince was published. In 1998, a fisherman found a bracelet with Saint-Exupery's name and address engraved on it in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Marseille. Six years later, parts of a plane—possibly Saint-Exupery's—were found in the same area.

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