Woman survives fall from skydiving

  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. Math Is Hard

    Math Is Hard 4,915
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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!!!

     
  4. Pengwuino

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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. That reminds me of a "King of the Hill" episode.. not that I watch that show.
     
  6. How is it possible? What the hell was her terminal velocity? A parking lot?
     
  7. Pengwuino

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  8. I forgot why, but you have to be unconscious if you wanna survive the fall. I see that she fell unconscious too.
     
  9. 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.
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2005
  10. wait.. huh? Your post confuses me, Gale
     
  11. Do you mean they don't react fast enough to tense up or they don't react fast enough and tense up?
     
  12. they don't react fast enough to tense. if you were entirely conscious, your natural reaction would be to tense.
     
  13. Moonbear

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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. Danger

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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. Pengwuino

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    I remember seeing the original article saying she had about 11 surgeries and has like 17 faceplates
     
  16. cronxeh

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

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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. Ohh ok, that is better!
     
  20. Moonbear

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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. Astronuc

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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.
     
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