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Skydiver Ends Up Uncouscious After Parachute Opens Prematurely!

I’ve never been a daredevil. I leave that to my younger brother Joe and my friends in “Team Trouble.” I like to have my feet squarely on the ground and only fly when I have to get to a place that’s too far away to drive. Go ahead — you can call me a scaredy cat. I’m fine with it.

This morning I came across this story, and it re-affirmed that I will never go skydiving!

A man in California had his parachute open prematurely at 13,000 feet. You are not supposed to deploy your parachute until 6,000 feet. He wasn’t a beginner; it happened on his 30th jump!

He had a video camera with him, so you can see what happened to him and his landing (it looks like it hurt). The FAA doesn’t have a “Parachute Department,” but there are regulations on parachute equipment, so they investigated. In this case, the FAA found that the parachute equipment had a “worn out main Velcro flap,” and there were knots in the rigging. You can read the story and watch the video by clicking on the picture below.

Skydiver Gerardo Flores
Skydiver Gerardo Flores

The reporter says in the story that 99.9 percent of the time you will survive skydiving, according to the latest statistics. But until that number is 100 percent, you won’t catch me jumping out of a perfectly good airplane anytime soon!

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