When Parachuting Goes Wrong


Number 6: Darren Crumpler
Darren Crumpler was an army veteran who’d received an exciting Christmas present. He’d made a bucket list, which included
skydiving. His wife decided to surprise him with the
unique experience. Crumpler’s wife believed it would be a one-time
activity. Instead, he took it on as a regular hobby. A year later, he decided to get his skydiving
license. In order to be eligible, he needed to complete
three more jumps. However, something went horribly wrong. While performing his second dive of the day,
Crumpler’s parachute opened, but he deviated from the landing site. Instead, he ended up falling heavily against
a nearby home. The parachute’s cords got tangled up with
the house’s TV antennas. That left Crumpler dangling 12 feet off the
ground. The army veteran remembered little about the
accident, but his injuries were severe. He had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. Crumpler suffered from a fractured ankle,
heel, elbow, femur, and pelvis. He required several skin grafts and spent
over 10 days hospitalized. Fortunately, Crumpler would go on to make
a full recovery. He was able to walk again, though the pain
from the accident lingered for a long time. What is it? Parachuting involves jumping from an aircraft
or a great height and using a parachute to fall safely. It can include a short or long period of free-falling,
depending on the objective behind the jump. There’s an inevitable skydiving period,
in which the jumper allows gravity to act, before deploying the parachute. The speed of descent is then controlled and
prevents the person from getting harmed or killed when reaching the ground. The parachute was invented by André-Jacques
Garnerin, in France. As soon as the developmental phase was concluded,
he wanted to try out his invention. On October 22, 1797, he used a hydrogen balloon
to travel 3,200 feet above the city of Paris. His invention looked very different from today’s
modern parachute. It wasn’t placed in a bag or any other sort
of container. It didn’t have a ripcord either. This feature was included in 1919 by Leslie
Irvin. Civilian and military parachutes aren’t
crafted the same way, but they share traits in common. Parachutes have five different main elements. The main fabric expands once it’s activated. There’s also a smaller, emergency fabric
as well as suspension lines, a harness, and the bag in which the fabric is placed. Usually, jumps occur when the plane reaches
a height between 10,000 and 15,000 feet. The parachute takes around 1,000 feet to open
up completely. This means it’s usually deployed when the
jumper is roughly 6,000 feet away from the ground. Number 5: Unnamed Canadian woman
In August 2019, an unnamed Canadian woman managed to survive a near-fatal parachuting
accident. She had previous experience, and nothing seemed
amiss at first. The jump began as usual, with the 30-year-old
woman leaping from a height of 5,000 feet off the ground. Seconds later, though, she realized the main
parachute wouldn’t deploy. She proceeded to try and open the backup one
instead. To everyone’s shock, it failed as well. There were many witnesses to the accident,
and they watched in horror as the woman fell at more than 37 miles per hour. The young woman landed in a wooded area and
received immediate medical attention. Surprisingly, none of her injuries were life-threatening. She’d managed to survive the fall, with
only fractures and a broken vertebrae. The doctors and witnesses were shocked and
relieved, as these types of falls tend to be fatal. As of the making of this video, Parachutisme
Adrénaline, the skydiving facility she used to make the jump is under investigation. The company refused to comment on the accident
but could ultimately be accused of criminal negligence. Number 4: Unnamed Colombian woman
In September 2019, a young Colombian woman plummeted to her death after jumping from
a plane with seven other skydivers. She was on a trip to California, in the United
States, when tragedy struck. In this fatal accident, the woman managed
to open her parachute with no issues. The problems began when the wind changed. She found herself caught by a gust of air
and pushed away from the landing zone. She was dragged mid-air toward California’s
Highway 99, directly into traffic. The 28-year-old ended up crashing against
a semi-truck. She died on impact but kept being dragged
forward by the wind. Finally, she landed on the side of the road,
where first responders rushed to her aid. Unfortunately, there was nothing more they
could do for her. She was declared dead as her injuries were
too severe. The skydiving center that she’d hired to
make the jump had a dark background. In 2016, a student and his instructor died
together in an accident. It was later found that the instructor didn’t
have the appropriate license for his job. A man who regularly drives down Highway 99
claimed the center’s skydiving activities have always been risky. The parachuters fly above the freeway before
landing on a patch of grass not far from it. He’d previously told a local TV station
that it was an accident waiting to happen. Where is it located? Parachuting can be practiced all over the
world. There are several popular spots, usually called
drop sites. Hawaii, Dubai, Mount Everest, and the Swiss
Alps are among the most frequented. It can be performed both recreationally, as
a professional sport, in military activities, and as an emergency escape from an aircraft. Since it’s a risky activity, previous practice
and training are necessary. When practiced for entertainment purposes,
it’s considered an extreme sport. The freefall period tends to be longer when
it’s performed as a sport or just for fun. There are several different types of competition
and different styles that can be pursued, such as freestyle, canopy formation, and wingsuit
flying. It can be performed as a group or individually,
and it can even include artistic aspects. There are world championships and several
associations of enthusiasts and professionals. The world record for the highest freefall,
as of the making of this video, is held by Alan Eustace. He managed to jump at the astonishing height
of 135,908 feet, falling freely for over four minutes. To put the altitude he leaped from into perspective,
he actually reached the stratosphere before taking the jump. When used in an emergency, the parachute is
usually attached to the aircraft’s seat. When the pilot activates the ejection, the
seat propels up into the air. Then the parachute opens automatically, though
older models might still require manual deployment. Number 3: Toby Turner, Kerri Pike, and Peter
Dawson In 2017, a single skydiving accident ended
the life of three people. Toby Turner, Kerri Pike, and Peter Dawson
jumped off the plane together in Far North Queensland, Australia. None of them would reach the ground alive. Turner, a professional skydiver, wasn’t
even supposed to be on the plane. He decided to join the others because there
was an empty seat. He jumped just before Pike and Dawson, who
took the leap moments later. Pike was a first-time skydiver. Because of this, she was strapped together
with her instructor, Dawson, in a tandem harness. Turner then committed a fatal mistake by deploying
his parachute early. This happened because he’d placed the canopy
in a container too large to properly contain it. Being an experienced parachuter, he had checked
his own equipment, not noticing any problems. Opening his parachute early caused Turner
to crash against the nearby instructor and student duo. The collision was fatal for all parties involved. Their injuries were too severe due to the
high-speed impact. The three skydivers were declared dead at
the scene. During the autopsy, the main wounds were found
on the neck and head. Due to the force of the impact, their bodies
didn’t fall on the designated landing spot. They instead were found approximately 1 mile
away from the drop zone. Today’s video was requested by Shane Harkin. If you have any other topics you’d like to
learn about, subscribe and let us know in the comments section below! How will it kill you? There are several ways parachuting can go
wrong. The most common cause is human error. Reckless or inexperienced skydivers perform
dangerous tricks or commit mistakes. This usually results in crashing at high-speed
against the ground or other obstacles along the way down. Other usual difficulties faced by parachuters
are changes in weather conditions. Wind speed and changing direction can be particularly
problematic. Colliding with other skydivers who are falling
too close to one another can also produce accidents. The canopy, or fabric, of the parachutes,
can deflate suddenly by bumping hard enough against each other. This is particularly dangerous when it happens
too close to the ground, as it doesn’t give the skydivers enough time to use their reserve
parachutes. Though parachutes have many different security
measures to avoid failure, it’s still possible for the equipment not to work correctly. It’s estimated that 1 in every 750 deployments
end up in a malfunction. That’s why every parachute has a second,
emergency canopy. The majority of accidents doesn’t necessarily
result in death and happens during landing. Reaching the ground with a single outstretched
limb causes wrist or ankle injuries, such as fractures and sprains. Though there are many safety measures and
extensive training is required, parachuting is still a dangerous activity. This means that the chances of death are high
when problems occur. Number 2: Christopher Swales
Christopher Swales was vacationing with his wife in the US when he decided he wanted to
try skydiving. The UK resident hired an instructor to jump
near the Grand Canyon. Swales’s wife didn’t accompany him on
the skydiving trip. He’d selected the company Paragon Skydive
to have his first parachuting experience. In September 2019, he jumped in tandem with
his instructor and the two were connected by a harness. Unfortunately, the parachute failed to open. As they approached the landing spot, they
began to freefall. The exact height from which they jumped wasn’t
clarified for the media. Swales died upon impact. The instructor managed to survive the accident. He only suffered a broken leg and other minor
scrapes. Both men were rushed to the hospital, but
Swales was declared dead immediately. As of the making of this video, no criminal
charges were filed against either the instructor or the skydiving company. There is an ongoing investigation, however,
so negligence allegations are still not out of the question. How to survive? First and foremost, parachuting can’t be
performed by a completely inexperienced person. Practice and lessons are required before taking
a jump. Each country has different legal requirements. People can actually practice skydiving without
the need to actually perform a jump. Training occurs in vertical wind tunnels that
simulate free fall. A beginner can try different alternatives
before skydiving on their own. There are several options, such as assisted
deployment, skydiving in tandem, or even static line, which allows the parachute to open automatically. A fundamental safeguard is the second, smaller
emergency canopy included. Most countries demand skydivers carry two
separate parachutes. Certificated riggers inspect and repackage
the equipment to make sure it works correctly on a regular basis. In the USA, it must be checked every 180 days. To avoid the injuries that usually occur when
landing incorrectly, it’s recommended to wear appropriate clothes. There’s special, supportive footwear as
well as other equipment items that can help avoid tibia, ankle, and wrist fractures. These materials transfer impact energy along
the rest of the limb instead of focusing on a certain area, thus minimizing injuries. Most experienced skydivers use visual or audible
altimeters. These are typically placed in their helmets
and help the jumper to know when to deploy their parachute. Number 1: Unnamed man
An unnamed man suffered an unexpected accident while skydiving in Michigan. He had traveled from out of state to participate
in a parachuting event. The activity, called “Dink, Dink, Boogie”
took place in August 2019. More than 200 jumpers participated. The event was developing without incidents
when tragedy struck. The Grand Haven Airport, where the activities
took place, had already been involved in a previous accident. Earlier that year, a skydiver experienced
problems with his parachute. Fortunately, the man managed to cut the cords
and land safely. This time, the victim wouldn’t be so lucky. The unnamed man jumped off the plane, and
his parachute opened correctly. It’s not yet clear how the accident occurred. Some witnesses suspect the man’s parachute
might have bumped against that of another skydiver. Only 50 feet off the landing spot, the man
looked like he was losing control. He fell on the ground hard, without using
any of the appropriate techniques to land. The event’s organizers aren’t confident
if the man was incapacitated or distracted. The victim struck the ground hard, and people
quickly rushed to his aid. He was taken to the hospital, but the injuries
he’d sustained were too severe. He was declared dead soon after. The event was canceled after the accident,
and an investigation was opened by the Federal Aviation Administration. Thanks for watching! Would you rather skydive without a backup
parachute or spend an entire year without electronic devices? Let us know in the comments section below!

82 thoughts on “When Parachuting Goes Wrong

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  2. I wonder how many people have died by there own mind. I've always heard that some people have heart attacks or strokes just by thinking they are. is it true?

  3. Wow, you are so full of shit bro! Do you even know anything about skydiving or parachutes? This video is wrong on so many levels and all facts are so fucked up and twisted!
    Whay a dip shit you video….

  4. As I have personal knowledge of the young Columbian girl who landed on a busy Hiway I can say that your narrative is complete fiction, and out right fabrication. I was there. Now I am skeptical of your other narratives.

  5. WAIT WAIT WAIT that first video of the guy that received life threatening injuries for not bouncing!!!!!!? I call Bullshit!

  6. Can do video about Conspiracy theory that came true and Pneumonia that could kill you and the 1917 flu pandemic maybe mini documentary about that.

  7. Too many innacuracies with this video. And most of the canopies shown, weren't even skydiving canopies. You don't cut cords unless you are tangles with another canopy… you release them by a cutaway system. You should of actually talked to an experienced skydiver to get some correct info.

  8. I'm guessing this bozo Crumpler ended up a little bit ''crumpled'' after this ! Very stupid people doing very stupid things..birds can fly..people cant.

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