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Grandma's Skydive Almost Turns Horrible

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Hoofbite, May 27, 2012.

  1. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Ummm.......I never knew the harness wasn't all that attached when skydiving.
  2. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    I don't know what if anything was said afterward, but it sure looked like she was having second thoughts when her turn was up and the guy forced her to jump. Bad decisions all around it seems.
  3. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, she didn't look too thrilled.

    But, how common is that? I'd imagine a good number of people have second thoughts and when they hit the ground they are elated they were forced off the plane because it was a great experience.
  4. GloryDaysRBack

    GloryDaysRBack Well-Known Member

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    I highly doubt this lady was elated. That was unbelievable
  5. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I was saying there are people who are probably forced to jump who are elated when they touch down.

    If 99% of the people who need the extra shove to get out the door are thankful you pushed them, how do you pick who gets the shove and who doesn't.

    I was simply saying that second thoughts are probably routine barriers these guys overcome.

    And I gotta mention the the guy taking her. I've never skydived before and don't know how difficult it is but it looks like he had a ton of skill and experience to be able to manage that situation.
  6. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Jumping from a perfectly good airplane is not a natural act. I can understand why she didn't want to go.

    I can also understand why she broke her foot off in the guys rear end when they had landed.
  7. GloryDaysRBack

    GloryDaysRBack Well-Known Member

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    I agree w all of this.

    Was just saying, this lady in particular probably wasn't happy.
  8. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    It looks like that guy did it all wrong and almost killed that lady. I wonder if she sued? They do make you sign a waiver so maybe that prevents them from it even when there is obvious mistakes made.

    Here is a clip from a tv show called Get Out! that shows a very nervous (beautiful) model skydive in tandem. They show the correct way it's done even though she did not really want to go either. Be warned that two models are shown wearing bikini tops while discussing what was going through their minds while they were on the plane. That is why I'm not posting the clip directly.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PGhvHXZ-xg&feature=endscreen&NR=1
  9. wittenacious

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    Here's a followup video that aired on the TODAY show of Laverne Everett, the now 81-year old woman, talking to an NBC News reporter about what happened, including repeat shots of the jump sequence of events:

    http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/vi...m=sharepermalink&src=v5:share:sharepermalink:

    She says she has no hard feelings: "I'm not sorry I did it."

    Kristen Dahlgren (NBC News): "As for questions that the video appears to show her changing her mind about the jump and being pushed out of the plane, she says her knees went out right before she jumped..." Laverne Everett said: "He helped me. He gave me a little boost with his feet. I needed that. He knew how bad I wanted to do it."

    She also says she has no plans to sue: "I signed a waiver and I respect that."

    In the TODAY story, not only did they say that the FAA is looking into this particular incident, but that the FAA confirmed it has proposed over $900K in unrelated fines against the Northern CA "Parachute Center" in the last 2 years and that those cases are still pending. WOW!

    Given the info about pending proposed fines and the fact that this near tragic story has gone so public, I imagine she will get plenty of calls from lawyers, trying to get her to change her mind about suing.
  10. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    In Airborne School, there are no Jump Refusals. If you're on that plane when it takes off, you won't be on it when it lands!

    Airborne!
  11. cowboy_ron

    cowboy_ron You Can't Fix Stupid

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    :lmao: FACT
  12. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    I wanna be an Airborne Ranger
    I wanna live a life of danger

    Oooooh Rah! Ooooh Rah!
  13. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I'm no professional sky diver. Never done it at all so I can't comment on technique and if he had correct technique or not.

    I will say though that proper technique with him straddling her and his legs wrapped around her like that looks awfully suspect.
  14. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Don't assume it is a perfectly good airplane. I have only gone skydiving once. Went out and took the lessons on Saturday morning, but could not jump that day because the plane was out of commission. Had to come back the next day when they found a replacement plane. That plane did not inspire any confidence in me.

    I know I had second thoughts as I got into position to jump, but I went anyway.

    The harness I had on was very secure. I did not do a tandem jump, so I don't know the differences in those types of harnesses. My first(and only) jump was done with two instructors on my side. Once the chute was pulled, they cleared out and I floated down on my own. It was awesome.

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