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Skydiver Survives 5000 Foot Free Fall  
User currently offlineAAFLT1871 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1957 times:

All I can say is wow. If that was me with both chutes failing, I would have only been beaten to the ground by the shit falling out of my ass.






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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1965 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

Jesus, guess it was not that guys time eh, lucky.


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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

Holy shit! That is amazing. I can not even begin to imagine the immense amount of pain one would be feeling after that kind of fall. My guess is the bushes might have cushioned the fall just enough to make it survivable. Either way, that is why you will never see me jumping out of a plane or off a bridge. Heights are not


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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

Wow, that is some lucky guy! He sure had someone upstairs on his side that day!

User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

Couldn't hear the audio very well - did they say how badly he was injured? How many broken bones?

Credit the assist to landing in shrubbery - had he landed on dirt I bet he would've died.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11572 posts, RR: 61
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

He 'walked' away from that landing with just a single broken ankle, as others said, not his time to go!

It's been on the UK press tonight; apparently his main chute became tangled after he released it, he then tried to cut it away but couldn't, and when he opened his reserve chute the string pulled off and it didn't deploy so he was virtually in free fall. Just before the landing you can hear him shout 'bye' because he presumes he is about to die! Bushes will definately have saved him, hitting just the ground wouldn't have cushioned his fall at all, and hitting water would have been much the same, plus he may then have drowned.

Lucky guy!


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User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

Simply incredible that he survived that.




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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1884 times:

Most likely thing is that he opened his main canopy while not stable and got the lines wrapped up on his camera. Jumping with a camera is a much more complicated thing than it seems on the surface. After this, the chances of an entanglement between main and reserve are greatly increased.

In any case, that was what's called a spinning malfunction. Not a whole lot of fun, pretty extreme G forces in some cases but with a normal sized canopy it's by far the most survivable type of malfunction. I know several people who have lived through similar experiences. One was lucky as he missed the corner of a hanger by only a few feet.

I've actually had a couple of spinners but had no trouble ditching them and going to the reserve. The rotational speed builds quickly and is no fun at all.

The scariest I ever saw was a main/reserve entanglement on a tandem jump at PLR. The instructor who's a bear of a guy was strong enough to be able to deform the 2-3 cells of the reserve that partially opened enough to get a bit of control and managed to crab their path about 200 M off the runway c/l winds were straight down it that day) and into a patch of very tall pine trees. It was just enough to slow them sufficiently to survive. In the end, he had a broken arm and some ligament damage and she cracked a few ribs.

It was a unique and terrifying thing to see from the air as I exited the plane about 10 seconds before they did and after opening my parachute saw the last few seconds of their fall (they were falling considerably faster than us due to their malfunction, I would estimate 140-150 mph when they hit the trees) and was certain they were dead. Seeing both of them actually walk out of the woods a few minutes later was an amazing thing.



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1882 times:

And then you people want to know why I won't go up in the Strat at LAS, or go jumping out of perfectly good airplanes . . .

User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7128 posts, RR: 87
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

His guardian angel put the breaks on for him that day. Simply amazing.  pray 

User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 8):
or go jumping out of perfectly good airplanes

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I figured out at an early age that I don't do things very well the first time I do them, and well, I go with the old phrase "If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you!" I'd probably be freaking out about the whole falling at terminal velocity to the Earth thing so much I'd be grabbing my belt and not the rip cord.

The guy was sure lucky though.


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

after he recovers from the accident, will he skydive again?


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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13800 posts, RR: 63
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1858 times:

During the 60 year anniversary celebrations of the airlanding in Arnhem I saw a parachutist, who's main canopy got entangled. He then opened his reserve without jettisoning his main canopy first (at this time he was high enough that he would have had enought time to jettison it), the result was that his reserve got entangled with his main canopy. The whole thing just looked like a streamer. He then disappeared behind a group of trees. A few minutes later ambulances, police cars and fire engines went here. AFAIK, the parachutist did not survive.

BTW, in WW2 there is a recorded incident of a tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber, who dropped from 10.000 ft without a parachute (being trapped in his gun turret, the tail turret of the Lancaster was so small that the tail gunner just wore his parachute harness and had to leave his parachute further forward in the fuselage, to be clipped into the D-ring of the harness when he was about to bail out through the emergency hatch in the fuselage. Obviously before he had to move his turret into the correct position that he could leave it). The tail gunner survived the fall, which was partially cushioned by the remains of the turret around him.

Jan

[Edited 2007-02-13 07:42:36]

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1847 times:
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He tried to pull his chute at 5,000' but jumped from much higher, so his freefall was a lot more. I saw the report on TV this morning, scary stuff!


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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3414 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 8):
or go jumping out of perfectly good airplanes

Reminds me of Band of Brothers  rotfl 

"Dont do anything stupid? Who the hell is he talking to? Bunch of morons who volunteered to jump out of a perfectly good airplane" Big grin Big grin


User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1729 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 8):
perfectly good airplanes

No such thing. Ask any A&P here.

Quoting Andz (Reply 13):
He tried to pull his chute at 5,000' but jumped from much higher, so his freefall was a lot more. I saw the report on TV this morning, scary stuff!

Altitude of the jump rarely is a factor. You generally hit terminal after about the first 1000 ft and beyond that any added altitude (neglecting hypoxia) is insurance and actually increases safety as it gives you more time to deal with any problems that may occur.



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User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

Simply amazing that he lived to tell this story! Just flat out amazing!!!

User currently offlineGraphic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

Guys I hate to say it, but anybody can survive a free fall like that.




















...it's the landing at the end that usually kills people  Wink


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

The way he says 'Bye' in the video is quite surreal...very calm and collected. "Ummm...Bye!". No screaming, no panicking by that point; just resignation to death and a quiet last word.

User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1708 times:

Quoting Graphic (Reply 17):
Guys I hate to say it, but anybody can survive a free fall like that.

It's mroe amazing he didn't pass out. Most people that fall that great a distance pass out before ever hitting the ground.


User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3311 posts, RR: 40
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 11):
after he recovers from the accident, will he skydive again?

Yup. He mentioned in the newspapers over the weekend that he cant wait to go back sky diving. He's skydived thousands of times before, and IIRC ranked within the top 10 in the world (only from my memory...would need to be confirmed)



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User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1660 times:

Quoting Graphic (Reply 17):
...it's the landing at the end that usually kills people

"You killed him."

"No, I shot him. Bullets and the fall killed him."



-NWA742


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11850 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1611 times:
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Thats the Sky Diving incident that happened in Taupo, New Zealand last year. Having both parachutes fail is VERY rare, yet surviving a fall like that is VERY VERY VERY RARE

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