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One word - LUCKY!

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BuckStocksHere, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. BuckStocksHere

    BuckStocksHere Semper Fi!

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A South African skydiver survived a 11,500-foot plunge after her parachute failed to open and lines broke on her reserve chute, a local skydiving club said on Monday.

    <TABLE style="PADDING-LEFT: 15px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=textSmallGrey vAlign=top align=middle>
    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Christy McKenzie was hurtling toward the ground at more than 120 miles per hour on Sunday when her parachute failed to deploy, Johan Mulder, the chief instructor at the Johannesburg Skydiving Club, told Reuters.

    “When it didn’t open she tried to deploy her reserve parachute and it had a fairly hard opening. A couple of the lines broke and so it was not fully open,” he said.

    This meant that her descent was still dangerously fast.

    Electricity power lines broke her fall and may have saved her life. She survived with a hairline fracture to her pelvis.

    “It’s extremely, extremely rare ... it’s unheard of that there are malfunctions in reserve parachutes,” Mulder said, adding that the equipment was being sent to the manufacturer to determine why it did not work properly.

    The Johannesburg Star newspaper quoted McKenzie, an experienced skydiver, as saying from her hospital bed, “I’ll jump again.”

    The incident occurred at Carletonville, about 40 miles west of Johannesburg.
     

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