Texas teen escapes death after parachute fails on birthday dive


spaminator
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Texas teen escapes death after parachute fails on birthday dive
Jana J. Pruet, REUTERS
First posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 09:42 PM MST | Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:03 PM MST
DALLAS - A Texas girl on a dream skydiving trip to celebrate her 16th birthday narrowly escaped death on her first jump when her parachute malfunctioned at 3,500 feet (1,000 meters) and she crashed to the ground.
Makenzie Wethington was hospitalized with a broken pelvis, broken vertebrae, broken ribs, internal bleeding and other injuries from the weekend accident, her family told local TV news broadcasters on Tuesday.
She went to Oklahoma for the jump because she was too young to do it in Texas, her sister Meagan Wethington told Fox 4 News in Dallas. "In Texas you have to be 18. You have to jump four times tandem - with another person. In Oklahoma you only have to be 16," she said.
After completing a required six-hour training class at Pegasus Air Sports Center in Oklahoma, Makenzie Wethington and her father, Joe, boarded a small aircraft.
The teen's father jumped first and landed safely. He then watched his daughter jump.
"I wanted to be behind her, you know, in case something happened. But that couldn't happen because of the weight of the plane and the people, so I had to be first. She had to be last," Joe Wethington told NBC 5 in Dallas.
Her parachute came out about two seconds after she jumped but she spiralled and slammed onto a grassy field.
"It was a horror to see, no matter who it was, but I sure didn't want it to be my little girl," Wethington said.
The owner of Pegasus Air Sports Center, Robert Swainson, said it was not clear whether the spiral was caused by the teen or if it happened when the parachute deployed.
He said it was a 'static line' jump in which a cord is attached to the deployment bag on the skydiver and the aircraft. The tether in this case was set to have the parachute deploy 2 seconds after the jump.
Swainson said in a telephone interview that the teen's helmet contained a radio receiver and radio control operators on the ground were giving her instructions, but she did not respond.
The teen is expected to recover from her injuries, her family said.
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Last edited by spaminator; Jan 29th, 2014 at 02:04 AM..
 
SLM
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See, this is why people shouldn't be jumping out of airplanes.
 
Cliffy
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For Sale: One parachute. Only used once.

I foresee a change in the laws in Oklahoma, concerning jumping, in the near future.
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

See, this is why people shouldn't be jumping out of airplanes.

she should have had a red bull before jumping.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

she should have had a red bull before jumping.

Personally I think people should submit to full psych exam before jumping out of an airplane, but that might just be me, lol.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Personally I think people should submit to full psych exam before jumping out of an airplane, but that might just be me, lol.

Try it. If you are nervous ask for a tandem jump.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=tande...w=1340&bih=683 (external - login to view)
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Personally I think people should submit to full psych exam before jumping out of an airplane, but that might just be me, lol.

Depends on the plane.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Try it.

A full psych exam? Not the first time that's been suggested to me.

Quote:

If you are nervous ask for a tandem jump.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=tande...w=1340&bih=683 (external - login to view)

I don't think you comprehend my level of fear, lol. I can't even watch people being up high in a movie!

I'm phobic, I know I am, and I don't care. I get along just fine without having to climb to really tall places.

Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Depends on the plane.

If it were on fire, I'd consider jumping. Consider.
 
damngrumpy
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It does not matter where the jump took place if the chute is faulty its faulty
and nothing can be done about it. she is a very lucky girl just the same.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

A full psych exam? Not the first time that's been suggested to me.



I don't think you comprehend my level of fear, lol. I can't even watch people being up high in a movie!

I'm phobic, I know I am, and I don't care. I get along just fine without having to climb to really tall places.



If it were on fire, I'd consider jumping. Consider.

Vesna Vulović - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Vesna Vulović - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)

Ack!
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Personally I think people should submit to full psych exam before jumping out of an airplane, but that might just be me, lol.


Nope- I think anyone who even thinks about doing it should have to undergo a complete mental assessment!
 
lone wolf
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She's lucky to have survived. I hope that luck extends to fully able and painfree too.

142 jumps. 141 happy landings speaking....
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

She's lucky to have survived. I hope that luck extends to fully able and painfree too.

142 jumps. 141 happy landings speaking....

Get out! You have 142 jumps. Damn man.

I couldn't do it. I think I could do the military style static line jumps if I had to but the free fall... how would you say... recreational jump? No way.
 
darkbeaver
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I would have to be pushed.
 
Nuggler
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Yeeeeee Hawww:


www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&...yEEPD9GeZpYb6w (external - login to view)




SLM..........CHECK THIS OUT !!
 
JLM
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How high were they flying? 10' off the ground? -
 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Get out! You have 142 jumps. Damn man.

I couldn't do it. I think I could do the military style static line jumps if I had to but the free fall... how would you say... recreational jump? No way.

"Get out!" was the first - with a good friend shouting it. After that I couldn't get a fresh pack fast enough. Now? No way! Trees really ARE hell.
 
Liberalman
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I wonder if D B Cooper survived.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by LiberalmanView Post

I wonder if D B Cooper survived.


I wouldn't bet my first born on it! -
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Vesna Vulović - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)

she even enjoys watching movies with plane crashes.
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

Texas teen escapes death after parachute fails on birthday dive
Jana J. Pruet, REUTERS
Texas teen escapes death after parachute fails on birthday dive | World | News | Toronto Sun (external - login to view)

Damn! Poor kid. Hope she has a speedy and complete recovery.
Um, I think noobie divers should have backup chutes. I'd sure have one.
Buncha friends and I were gonna try it but we couldn't all be in the same place at the same time so we cancelled the idea.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Damn! Poor kid. Hope she has a speedy and complete recovery.
Um, I think noobie divers should have backup chutes. I'd sure have one.
Buncha friends and I were gonna try it but we couldn't all be in the same place at the same time so we cancelled the idea.


Or just do it while flying over a big net. -
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Damn! Poor kid. Hope she has a speedy and complete recovery.
Um, I think noobie divers should have backup chutes. I'd sure have one.
Buncha friends and I were gonna try it but we couldn't all be in the same place at the same time so we cancelled the idea.

perhaps its for the best. eg. I don't think its possible to post from the ghost dimension.
 
Sal
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she is either the luckiest or the unluckiest kid ever, glad she made it...I'll be curious to see, how long it takes her to jump again. Have heard of divers going right back to a jump on their way home from hospital.
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

she is either the luckiest or the unluckiest kid ever, glad she made it...I'll be curious to see, how long it takes her to jump again. Have heard of divers going right back to a jump on their way home from hospital.

hopefully the fall knocked some sense into her.
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

perhaps its for the best. eg. I don't think its possible to post from the ghost dimension.

lol

Well, I could see myself trying it again but not using that same diving company. After all, the odds of it happening twice are exponentially minute.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

hopefully the fall knocked some sense into her.

I wish I had jumped, now the thought of breaking a bone is a definite deterrent, it's a chance we take, youth heals fast... considering the number of successful jumps done daily to the number of accidents, odds are in your favour "most" of the time...
 
petros
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Gravity sucks.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Gravity sucks.

Gravity pulls. Falling sucks.

Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

perhaps its for the best. eg. I don't think its possible to post from the ghost dimension.

That you know of.
 

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