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Woman survives fall from skydiving

  1. Dec 17, 2005 #1
    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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  3. Dec 17, 2005 #2

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    I went looking for the story and found this:
    http://kutv.com/topstories/local_story_346193211.html [Broken]

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

     
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  4. Dec 17, 2005 #3

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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
     
  5. Dec 17, 2005 #4
    That reminds me of a "King of the Hill" episode.. not that I watch that show.
     
  6. Dec 17, 2005 #5

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    How is it possible? What the hell was her terminal velocity? A parking lot?
     
  7. Dec 17, 2005 #6

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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.
     
  9. Dec 17, 2005 #8
    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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  10. Dec 17, 2005 #9
    wait.. huh? Your post confuses me, Gale
     
  11. Dec 17, 2005 #10
    Do you mean they don't react fast enough to tense up or they don't react fast enough and tense up?
     
  12. Dec 17, 2005 #11
    they don't react fast enough to tense. if you were entirely conscious, your natural reaction would be to tense.
     
  13. Dec 17, 2005 #12

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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.
     
  14. Dec 17, 2005 #13

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    Yet another example of why it utterly baffles me that anyone would climb out of a perfectly good aeroplane. :tongue:
     
  15. Dec 17, 2005 #14

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    I remember seeing the original article saying she had about 11 surgeries and has like 17 faceplates
     
  16. Dec 17, 2005 #15

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    sigh.. if we cant count on gravity nowadays.. what else is left?? :grumpy:
     
  17. Dec 17, 2005 #16
    Who in the hell goes skydiving while they are pregnant?
     
  18. Dec 17, 2005 #17

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    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.
    She didn't know.
     
  19. Dec 17, 2005 #18
    Ohh ok, that is better!
     
  20. Dec 17, 2005 #19

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    That's what I assumed. I wasn't really paying a lot of attention to the interview. I knew it was after a long recovery, and likely after a lot of reconstructive surgery.

    Yep, she found out at the hospital. Nobody knows when they're only 2 weeks pregnant unless they're constantly doing home pregnancy tests.
     
  21. Dec 17, 2005 #20

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    There is occasionally a person who survives hitting the ground after skydiving, but that is rare. Mostly the people involved are killed.

    Those who survive receive a lot of damage and require a lot of surgery.

    If a person is relaxed, the part of the body which hits the ground first absorbs a lot of the energy. The remaining portions absorb less energy.

    If one is rigid, a strong shock wave propagates throught the body, and that can do a lot of damage.
     
  22. Dec 17, 2005 #21

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    I agree totally, Cronxeh. About 20 years ago, a bunch of my friends started a petition to have the law of gravity repealed. I refused to sign, on the grounds that I didn't want to be enlightened.
     
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  23. Dec 17, 2005 #22

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    Well, I survived hitting the ground.

















    But then, I didn't hit very hard - my 'chute opened. :biggrin:
     
  24. Dec 17, 2005 #23

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    I've hit the ground a few times, twice in a vertical position, and once sideways, but that was only 3-4 m (10-12 ft).

    In the vertical, when my feet hit the ground, it felt like a sledgehammer hit me at the base of my spine, and I felt it all the way to the top of my head. The concusion layed me out for a while.

    Sideways, I got lucky and hit gradually from my right elbow and progressively down my right side. I could feel the strain on my lungs and other organs pulling way from my left side. I was able to crawl away from that one - but it was painful. It didn't help that my son, who was about 4 or 5 yrs old at the time, jumped onto my back while I was still kneeling on the ground checking for damage.

    Much harder or faster, I might not be around today. I only know of few survivors from high speed impacts with the ground.
     
  25. Dec 18, 2005 #24
    She should call the kid Ariel... get it?
     
  26. Dec 18, 2005 #25
    How high exactly was this? I mean, everyone that jumped out of the world trade center died. So, (Obviously this appears higher) how the heck did she survive and no on one the WTC did when they jumped? They both landed on pavement.
     
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