A 30-year-old skydiver is recovering from injuries but alive after her parachute failed to deploy, causing her to fall more than 5,000 feet to the ground.
Canadian news outlet, CBC, reported that the woman, whose name was not released, was skydiving at the Parachutisme Adrénaline skydiving center in Quebec three weeks ago when the incident occurred.
She was seen by witnesses plummeting from the sky after both her main and backup parachutes failed.
“It’s a miracle. I don’t know how a person can survive a fall from an airplane like that.” witness Denis Demers told CBC.
Demers realized that something was wrong when he noticed the woman was descending much faster than the other skydivers.
According to CBC, the woman’s fall was broken by several trees, which she crashed through before landing in a nearby wooded area. She suffered multiple non-life-threatening injuries, including broken vertebrae and several fractures, and is now recovering at a hospital.
Many bystanders were certain they were watching something far worse unfold.
Océane Duplessis, who was about to board another plane when the woman fell, said, “We watched all the way to the end. We kept hoping something would happen. We were very worried. Very.”
CBC reported that the woman did have prior skydiving experience. Police are currently investigating her fall to determine if it is a case of criminal negligence.
In general, skydiving deaths are very rare. The U.S. Parachute Association reports that in 2018 there were a total of just 13 skydiving-related fatalities in America, which is around one death in every 253,669 jumps.
Injuries were also pretty uncommon. One in every 1,536 skydives resulted in an injury last year, according to the Parachute Association.