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Woman survives fall from skydiving

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lektor
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Dec17-05, 12:34 AM
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I recently saw an article in the paper about a woman who was sky diving and was unfortunate enough to have her parachutes fail.

Information released about the situation said she fell from 30,000 FT was traving and 80km/h and landed in a concrete parking lot.

Anyone have ideas how this was possible, e.g physics behind this?
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Dec17-05, 12:40 AM
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I went looking for the story and found this:
http://kutv.com/topstories/local_story_346193211.html

The story said she was also pregnant at the time!!!

Shayna Richardson's recovery is made all the more remarkable by the news she received when in the emergency room, doctors told her she was two weeks pregnant.

Now, 12 weeks into the pregnancy, mother and baby are both doing well.
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Dec17-05, 12:50 AM
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MSN even had the video from the person she was diving with!

What seems to have happened was her main chute got tangled up or something because it was on her the whole way down and she was in this insane spiral

Jelfish
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Dec17-05, 12:52 AM
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Woman survives fall from skydiving

That reminds me of a "King of the Hill" episode.. not that I watch that show.
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Dec17-05, 01:50 AM
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How is it possible? What the hell was her terminal velocity? A parking lot?
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Dec17-05, 01:59 AM
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http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=1404510

There is the video
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Dec17-05, 02:20 AM
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I forgot why, but you have to be unconscious if you wanna survive the fall. I see that she fell unconscious too.
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Dec17-05, 02:57 AM
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Quote Quote by Mk
I forgot why, but you have to be unconscious if you wanna survive the fall. I see that she fell unconscious too.
unconciousness means your muscles are relaxed. if you tense up, you'll suffer more damage. thats also why a lot of drunk drivers don't get as serious injuries in an accident. their bodies can't react as fast and tense up, and so they sustain fewer injuries.
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Dec17-05, 03:01 AM
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wait.. huh? Your post confuses me, Gale
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Dec17-05, 03:03 AM
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Do you mean they don't react fast enough to tense up or they don't react fast enough and tense up?
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Dec17-05, 03:09 AM
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they don't react fast enough to tense. if you were entirely conscious, your natural reaction would be to tense.
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Dec17-05, 07:35 AM
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I saw the footage on TV, and as the commentator is saying her 'chutes didn't open, you can clearly see she did have a 'chute open. It just seemed like the cords got tangled up in a way that she descended in an uncontrolled spiral, and too fast, but it wasn't completely without a parachute. Also, survived doesn't mean uninjured. They interviewed her, and she's missing a lot of teeth. I'm sure that's just one of many injuries she sustained.
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Dec17-05, 07:39 AM
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Yet another example of why it utterly baffles me that anyone would climb out of a perfectly good aeroplane.
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Dec17-05, 07:43 AM
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Quote Quote by Moonbear
Also, survived doesn't mean uninjured. They interviewed her, and she's missing a lot of teeth. I'm sure that's just one of many injuries she sustained.
I remember seeing the original article saying she had about 11 surgeries and has like 17 faceplates
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Dec17-05, 09:55 AM
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sigh.. if we cant count on gravity nowadays.. what else is left??
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Dec17-05, 09:59 AM
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Who in the hell goes skydiving while they are pregnant?
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Dec17-05, 10:04 AM
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Quote Quote by Moonbear
They interviewed her, and she's missing a lot of teeth. I'm sure that's just one of many injuries she sustained.
That interview was months after the fall. She didn't just lose a lot of teeth, she broke pretty much every bone in her face and a good handful of other bones.
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Who in the hell goes skydiving while they are pregnant?
She didn't know.
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Dec17-05, 10:06 AM
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Quote Quote by russ_watters
She didn't know.
Ohh ok, that is better!


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