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Skydiver Survives 13,000-Foot Fall, Captures Terryfing Incident On Video

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Gerardo Flores is lucky to be alive. The skydiver recently survived a 13,000-foot fall and thanks to his GoPro camera, he can relive the horrifying experience over and over again.

According to the Daily Mail, Flores who has completed 29 successful jumps, was 30 seconds into his free fall when his parachute opened unexpectedly. Flores said that he was about 13,000 above the ground when parachute failed.

Flores said:

“It just exploded … It just it yanked me to the side. Something went wrong … One hundred things go through your mind. You are never suppose to open above 6,000 feet.”

According to the NY Daily News, Flores passed out after his parachute failed and fell unconscious to earth. The skydiver survived the 13,000-foot fall but he didn’t escape without injury. Flores suffered broken ribs and a lacerated tongue in the fall. He was also knocked unconscious after making impact and didn’t wake up until two weeks later.

Flores said: ‘The FAA said you are the luckiest man I ever met.”

The FAA investigated the incident and found that a “critical” Velcro closure was “completely worn” on Flores’ gear. Inspectors also said that the skydivers rigging had knots in it and that some of the suspension lines were broken.

One of the inspectors said: “these lines should have been replaced prior top allowing this parachute to be placed in service.”

Here’s a video of the fall.

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17 Responses to “Skydiver Survives 13,000-Foot Fall, Captures Terryfing Incident On Video”

  1. Simple Minds-Once Upon a Time cd

    did they show more than 2 secounds of video when he dropped-why didn't they explain how this guy survived dropping that far without dying, did he fall on asoft surface to break his fall? yessssssssssssssssssssssss Hank Hanegraaff of equip.org is a great writer.

  2. Greg Niks

    Yeah, he didn't free fall from 10,000 ft. Probably should have mentioned that he just went into a spin and went unconscious because of it. Big difference. Specifically, an 80+ mph difference…

  3. Anonymous

    They are jumping out of a plane and they are worried about a go pro camcorder……What does this have to do with the price of tea in China? lmao

  4. Gary Oldham

    A total lie, no one but military jumps out at 13,000 feet. He doesn't even have any air gear on which he would need over 10,000 feet.

  5. Jessica Tisron

    I still can't believe that multiple 'news' outlets are picking up on this article which was published with no fact checking and instead replaces facts with sensationalism. Do some research before trying to pass off your sensational story as news. You should be ashamed of yourselves. There is such a thing as a 'high pull' in which skydivers actually choose to open up after jumping from the aircraft in order to spend more time under canopy. It's usually done around sunset to take in the beauty or to practice canopy skills. There is nothing inherently dangerous about opening up at that altitude. What is dangerous, is that whether this guy caused his early deployment or not, he failed to even grab hold of his other toggle to see if his canopy was flyable. He just lets it flap around there in the wind while talking into his camera. This is not a skilled jumper. This is someone who is taking unnecessary risks with his own life and sadly, blaming the dropzone and the industry for his own idiocy. Additionally, how dare you imply that he was some sort of 'experienced' jumper when he only had thirty jumps in two years. That does NOT constitute two years of training. I repeat, thirty jumps IS NOT two years of training! Furthermore, he had absolutely no business flying with a camera and this video is a prime example of why 'newbies' are not allowed to fly with cameras. They fixate on the camera and not the actual skydive. Apparently, a picture is far more important than your life. Thankfully, GoPro's are incredibly durable, right? Sadly, he'll probably get a book deal or something out of his negligence and stupidity. This whole article is a sham and for an industry with 'no regulation' there sure seem to be a lot of skydivers from around the country chiming in about the many rules that Mr. Flores broke on this one skydive alone. Whatever happened to taking responsibility for your own actions?

  6. Anonymous

    Huh? Civilian jump planes, on average, go to 13500 but go as high as 23000. Military jumps occur at 30,000 ft (HALO)

  7. Anonymous

    It's a distraction, one that caused him to end up on his back which is something you don't do on student rental gear (causes them to prematurely deploy like in this case). You're supposed to have 200 jumps before you hop out with a camera so you actually know wtf you're doing.

  8. Anonymous

    Dianne Pelaggi Why would you revert to derogatory comments? Greg is absolutely right. Terminal velocity is actually about 122mph vs. 35mph. Not even close to a free fall. Perhaps once you get some air to the medulla oblongata.

  9. Greg Niks

    Dianne Pelaggi – You're probably a conspiracy nut too. Trust me, we did land on the moon.

  10. Rob Johnson

    ??? I worked in military aviation and I recall our helos being limited to 10k ft, because above that they would be required by regulation to have oxygen masks…however I have done civilian skydiving a few times and it's always been in the 12,000-13,000 ft range. Here in Hawaii you can pay extra (a lot extra) and they will take you to 20,000 ft, with oxygen, to skydive.