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Sky Diving Accident Caught on Camera (video)

Leaves victims badly injured, though a full recovery is expected

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A first time jumper and her instructor were involved in a freak skydiving accident when an updraft shot them 40 feet in the air as they approached landing.

The unidentified woman in Collegeville, PA and her instructor at Keystone Skydive Center, Chad Galbraith, were doing a routine tandem skydive, and everything went smoothly. Until they were about thirty feet off the ground, when a sudden updraft shot them in the air another 40 feet. They landed hard on the ground and the parachute continued to drag them down the runway. Luckily, Galbraith was able to cut them free before any additional damage could be done.

The incident left them both badly injured. Galbraith suffered a serious lower back injury requiring two surgeries, and the unidentified woman sustained cracked ribs and a collapsed lung. Both are expected to make a full recovery.

“All of a sudden, the updraft stopped and the wind came from the side. It folded the parachute underneath and put the parachute into a spin,” said Marc Nadeau, a skydive worker who witnessed the accident. “They landed hard on their side into the grass and were dragged into the runway. At that time the instructor was able to jettison — cut away — the main parachute to keep themselves from being dragged any further.”

The lead image is stock. The video is real.
[source: Huff Post]

Sky Diving Accident Caught on Camera (video)
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  • http://none omegaman

    So, where’s the video of the accident?

    • http://www.LAokay.com Steve G

      It’s not a full video of the accident, it’s just the video of the updraft.

  • http://www.LAokay.com Steve G

    There is a risk to any jump, even tandem style and while I’m not glad it happened, it’s still should serve as a warning to all that there are risks involved that shouldn’t be taken lightly with any jump performed, even if the weather conditions appear ideal for a jump.

  • Jen Galbraith

    Umm, that first picture is a paraglider, not a skydiver. My husband is the tandem instructor. He took the brunt of the fall to protect his student, his student did a remarkable job staying calm as he fought to keep the canopy inflated. His ‘lower back injury’ is a broken back, and we hope that the recovery is full. It will be a long road back.

  • http://wingo.com dirty dingus

    sucks…where’s the pain?

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