Woman Survives Nearly One-Mile Fall From Plane After Parachute Fails

August 16, 2019

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A 30-year-old Canadian woman survived a 1500 meter fall (slightly under one mile) while skydiving on Saturday after her parachute failed to open properly. Witnesses say the unidentified skydiver was falling faster than others in her group, and that neither her main nor backup chute opened. "It's a miracle," witness Denis Demers said. "I don't know how a person can survive a fall from an airplane like that." The woman was said to be an experienced skydiver, and she landed among trees. Police say she suffered a broken vertebrae as well as other fractures, but is expected to survive. The accident happened at the Parachutisme Adrénaline in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The US Parachute Association says parachute malfunctions are extremely rare, and that there were only 13 fatal skydiving accidents in the U.S. in 2018, out of approximately 3.3 million jumps.