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Girl, 16, survives fall of over 3,000ft


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 04:42 PM

Makenzie Wethington had been on a skydiving trip as a treat for her birthday when disaster struck.

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The 16-year-old had jumped from the plane over Oklahoma when her parachute became tangled and failed to open properly. Instructors had attempted to offer her assistance over a headset, however she appeared to black out and subsequently plummeted more than 3,000ft to the ground.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 06:45 PM

"He subsequently blamed the skydiving company for allowing his daughter to jump."

Wait what? Her father bought her the trip... how is he gonna blame the company that requires PARENTAL CONSENT? !


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 07:02 PM

She must be bouncy.

My martial arts instructor survived a fall like this from 1500 ft.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 07:20 PM

Terrifying. Glad she lived.


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 07:24 PM

View PostRye17, on 31 January 2014 - 06:45 PM, said:

"He subsequently blamed the skydiving company for allowing his daughter to jump."

Wait what? Her father bought her the trip... how is he gonna blame the company that requires PARENTAL CONSENT? !
I can not see how he can blame them for allowing her to jump, but he sure can blame them for giving her a dodgy parachute.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 07:39 PM

Well, I guess she's one of the very few who get the "I jumped out of a plane without a working parachute and lived" award.


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 08:12 PM

Can you imagine the nightmares she's going to have to live with?

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 08:49 PM

F- that.  

That's gotta be a PTSD nightmare.


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 10:16 PM

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'God caught her': Teenage girl survives 3,500ft fall after birthday skydiving trip almost turned to tragedy when her parachute failed to open.

On the contrary, God messed up her parachute and Mother Earth caught her. Alternate possibility, one god screwed with her gear and another god caught her. We of course know that there exists many gods among all the religions. So which god was the culprit is a case for the religious authorities to solve.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 10:26 PM

god doesn't skydive. god wasn't there,


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 11:34 PM

Haha God? Are you effing kidding me? She got lucky... Enough said. God... Ha


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 11:34 PM

View PostAshyne, on 31 January 2014 - 10:16 PM, said:

On the contrary, God messed up her parachute and Mother Earth caught her. Alternate possibility, one god screwed with her gear and another god caught her. We of course know that there exists many gods among all the religions. So which god was the culprit is a case for the religious authorities to solve.
This has nothing to do with gods or mother nature.
It was human error (like most things in these kind of situations)
NOTHING to do with religion!

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 11:44 PM

I'm a skydiver and these reports are misleading. The girl had a malfunction on her main. She had a spinning malfunction into the ground. She had a canopy open, but she had a malfunction. Let me say this, NO ONE has ever survived a terminal velocity fall from a skydive without some sort of canopy open above their heads. This was a USPA dropzone and it was a static line jump. She jumped out of the plane and a line automatically deploys her main parachute. for some reason, she did not or could not begin her emergency procedures to cutaway her main and deploy her reserve. She stayed in the spinning malfunction until she impacted the ground.


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Posted 01 February 2014 - 01:47 AM

View Postfreetoroam, on 31 January 2014 - 11:34 PM, said:

It was human error (like most things in these kind of situations)

I agree, but the article suggests also that it was correctable human error.

It states with the limited training she had, and the wireless connection to the instructor, she should have been able to correct the issue - but she didn't. It's reported she may have lost consciousness - or perhaps she panicked/froze?

Regardless I don't see they'd have any case against the skydiving company. She is a very lucky young lady.

Edited by Leonardo, 01 February 2014 - 01:48 AM.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 02:22 AM

View Postcgowens, on 31 January 2014 - 11:44 PM, said:

I'm a skydiver and these reports are misleading. The girl had a malfunction on her main. She had a spinning malfunction into the ground. She had a canopy open, but she had a malfunction. Let me say this, NO ONE has ever survived a terminal velocity fall from a skydive without some sort of canopy open above their heads. This was a USPA dropzone and it was a static line jump. She jumped out of the plane and a line automatically deploys her main parachute. for some reason, she did not or could not begin her emergency procedures to cutaway her main and deploy her reserve. She stayed in the spinning malfunction until she impacted the ground.

No one does do true static line anymore, do they?

My brother instructs. He has about 2,500 jumps and he 's tossed out at least twice as many (me included 20 years ago).





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