16-year-old girl survives 3,000-foot fall

Okay, Ace, I was going to leave this on the konked-out parachute thread, but it's been quiet for an hour, and this is kinda happy news. Heard this last night on the radio show of some guy named Andy.

16-year-old girl falls 3,000 feet in skydiving accident -- and survives

Okay, it's goodnews|badnews.

Good news is great:

"...hurt her liver and broke her pelvis, lumbar spine in her lower back, a shoulder blade and several ribs. She also has a broken tooth. 'I don't know the particulars of the accident as I wasn't there. But if she truly fell 3,000 feet, I have no idea how she survived,'" said the trauma surgeon.

The sour lining on the sweet cloud: Dad.

Dad drove 16yo up from Tx where law says 18, to OK where 16 is legal, and then gripes, "I find it very hard to believe that the rules and regulations in Oklahoma are that lax. I think there is a flaw there somewhere, and I don't think it's through the state of Oklahoma. I think it's the company. I'm not sure."

Blames the company, blames Oklahoma for the laws for which he came here.

Okay, I'll cut horrified, guilt-ridden Dad one day of slack for psychosis-inducing trauma causing him to blame everyone else (perhaps he's a Democrat). It was his gift and he brought her there and he jumped first and his little girl just about got turned into prairie pizza.

But if he keeps it up after the adreneline wears off, he may need to go out the door without a chute next time. get some therapy.

Note that she was instructed on what to do if the chute doesn't deploy correctly, she not only didn't do that, but apparently (presumably panicked) didn't follow radio instructions, either.

So, she's about as lucky as the guy who went through the wood chipper. (Wait, I didn't read that... gotta go back & find it.)