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Woman Miraculously Survives After Plummeting 5,000 Feet to Ground When Parachute Fails

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Skydiving is a divisive sport. It has its die-hard junkies and a good group of people who would never gear up and set foot on a plane, much less jump out of one.

The elements of danger characteristic of the sport are what simultaneously draw some and push others away: free-falling through the air at insane speeds and then relying on a scrap of fabric to slow your descent is thrilling to some, terrifying to others.

One 30-year-old woman who went parachuting in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, experienced the darker side of skydiving on Aug. 10 when her parachute did not deploy and she hit a stand of trees.

She was not new to the sport, and it’s unclear what exactly happened that led to the malfunction at Parachutisme Adrénaline, though an investigation is underway.

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It was a miracle, then, that she plummeted nearly 5,000 feet at up to 109 miles per hour before crashing into a wooded area and did not die, though she is in the hospital, according to People.

The director of sports promotion for the U.S. Parachute Association, Nancy Koreen, explained that there are many steps that must be taken in order to ensure proper deployment, especially under tricky circumstances.

Koreen said that true parachute malfunction is “extremely rare” and the term is “pretty vague and not often correct.” The parachute has to be deployed at the correct altitude, and there’s a backup parachute in case the main one malfunctions.

“To say none of the parachutes opened is probably misleading,” she said, according to CBC. “It’s not really the way the parachute works.”

Still, Koreen’s assessment is small comfort to those who witnessed the accident as well as wary prospective parachuters.

Denis Demers was one of the people who stood helplessly by and watched what could have very well been the female skydiver’s last moments on earth.

“It’s a miracle,” Demers said. “I don’t know how a person can survive a fall from an airplane like that.”

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Another enthusiast expressed her fear over the scene she witnessed.

“We watched all the way to the end,” Océane Duplessis said. “We kept hoping something would happen. We were very worried. Very.”

While it might be a while before this parachuter hits the skies again, it’s amazing that she survived such a fall with only a few non-life-threatening broken bones.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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