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    Default Holy Crap! Parachutes Fail During 10,000 Ft. Jump, Yet Man Doesn't Break Single Bone

    Further proof that sometimes your number simply isn't up.

    Chutes Malfunction, But Skydiver Lives
    Sustains Relatively Minor Injuries During Jump From 10,000 Feet

    (CBS) Paul Lewis says he'd made 660 jumps by the middle of august, when he was in the air for a British skydiving club. It was Lewis' job to record a souvenir video for a novice jumper, with the camera mounted on Lewis' helmet.

    As these things go, the first ten seconds of the trip were just fine, reports CBS News Correspondent Richard Roth.

    "Unfortunately," says Lewis, 40, "when I deployed my main parachute, things went horribly wrong. A skydiver always knows, especially if they jump the same canopy, whether that opening felt right or wrong, and mine felt awful."

    Lines twisted, the main parachute hadn't fully deployed. He cut it free, and at about 2,000 feet above Earth and falling fast, he deployed his reserve parachute -- which also failed to properly unfold.

    "I looked up at my canopy, closed my eyes and very, very calmly thought to myself, 'It's all over.' "

    With no control over his descent, and just limited braking power, Lewis says he blacked out. But, the reserve chute guided him to a hard landing on a relatively flexible metal roof, with neck and arm injuries, but no broken bones.

    Lewis says it was his last jump. "That's luck for you. And I just feel that, if I jump again, I'm pushing that luck too far."

    What went wrong? No one is sure. Lewis simply says there are so many things that can go wrong, one did.

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    Reminds me of this:

    Vesna currently holds the Guinness World Record for the highest fall survived without a parachute, at 33,330 feet.
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    These guys usually pack their own chutes. I suspect he packed it incorrectly. Some small oversight in packing probably led to the failure. And his reserve had probably not been repacked for a long time, so the fail.

    When I was an Army Paratrooper (11 Bravo) there was always that seed of doubt in my mind about my chute not deploying, mostly because some Private at the rigging shed had probably packed it. And the way we drank at Ft. Bragg the thought of hung-over riggers was always unsettling.
    We normally wouldn't jump with reserve chutes since we typically jumped at an altitude of between 500 and 1000 feet. So if your main fails then there's no time to deploy a reserve anyway. Dirt dart. Seen it first hand. Nasty.

    That fellow in the video is indeed quite lucky to have lived, much less with just a broken arm. Guess it wasn't his day to die.



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