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Thursday, January 30, 2014

A 16-year-old Texas girl who plummeted more than 3,000 feet to the ground in an Oklahoma skydiving accident survived and is recovering from her many injuries, a doctor said Tuesday. Makenzie Wethington, from Joshua, Texas, was making a static-line jump, where a parachute is connected to a lanyard that's attached to the plane and opens automatically when a diver exits the plane. Skydiving instructor Robert Swainson said Wethington's parachute opened OK, but she began to spiral downward when the chute went up but not out in some kind of malfunction. "I have no idea how she survived," said Dr. Jeffrey Bender, a trauma surgeon at OU Medical Center.

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Headline fail.

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2014-01-30 10:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not really a fail. This happens in skydiving. When they say the chute went up and didn't open that's what happens. When that happens it doesn't reduce your speed significantly - a little yes but to say she is lucky is an understatement. She panicked when it didn't go right and do what she was instructed to do. Happens to older people too.

Saw something similar happen with a better ending. The chute didn't open off the static line - went up but not out. The guy - first time jumper - was falling like a rock. Instructor on the ground was telling him what to do and he wasn't doing anything. The guy kept escalating and was screaming in the handset. Right about the point of "Oh @#$%&! He a grease spot." the guy pulled the cord on the reserve and it deployed. He was fine other than being literally white as a ghost and shaking like a leaf. They offered him another jump for free (standard procedure when your chute doesn't open) and he declined with a few expletives.

Also the dad sorta sounds like he has a wee bit of buyers remorse. THEY shouldn't have let her do it? How about YOU shouldn't have taken her to do it?

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-01-31 09:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

She's a Texan. Their tuff if they land on their head.

#3 | Posted by patron at 2014-01-31 09:46 AM | Reply | Flag:

Pretty damn stupid to jump out of a plane. Couldn't she wait until it landed?

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-01-31 09:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

A few years ago(more then I can remember) when working in the E.R. we had a young man come in that also free fell about 3000 feet. His B.P. was gone but we got him back----he left the hospital about 18 months later.

#5 | Posted by matsop at 2014-01-31 09:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

She's a Texan. Their tuff if they land on their head.

#3 | POSTED BY PATRON

..and walk away smarter?

#6 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-01-31 11:15 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

So the father took her out of state to find someone who would let her do this jump at 16 and now he's blaming them for letting her do it?

What a jackass.

#7 | Posted by Sully at 2014-01-31 04:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

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