Frankly, I don’t get it. The other day a teen was severely injured when she jumped out of a plane and her parachute failed to completely open. Yes, that’s right. She voluntarily jumped out of that plane as a sport and not in response to some sort of distress. Apparently that’s what people do. This teen, Makenzie Wethington, fell more than 3500 feet. Her father reported that the chute failed to function properly. The owner of the air service, Bob Swainson refuted it (of course he would) saying the chute worked fine and that it was user error. Whoever was at fault, this young lady is very lucky to be alive, though she is has a long road to recovery. According to ABC News “she suffered a broken vertebrae in her back as well as a broken pelvis.The teenager is also experiencing bleeding in her brain, lungs and liver, in addition to several other injuries related to the fall.”
Surprisingly, at least to me it’s surprising, skydiving accidents are fairly common – more common than we might imagine. Victor Bryie of Florida survived a 9,000 foot fall when his parachute got entangled in the parachute of another skydiver, and he fell to the ground. . Kenneth Bernek of Michigan fell to his death. Ken Oka of California died in a skydiving accident when he collided with another skydiver. Gerardo Flores of California loses consciousness and plummets to the ground, and he fortunately survives. David Winoker killed in a skydiving accident in New York. The same accident also killed Alexander Chulsky due to a malfunctioning parachute. Shocking video of duo in Pennsylvania injured in skydiving accident.
You get the picture? This is a small sampling of the extent of the possibility of accidents that occur during skydiving incidents. That’s why I’m not jumping out of any perfectly good working plane. I know that people will tell you that you’re twice as likely to die in a car accident as a skydiving accident. To that I say, whatever. No thanks. I’ll take my chances in a car over jumping out of a plane.