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Skydiver's 15,000-foot plunge to earth an amazing survival story
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Posted on 07/16/2011 5:25:17 PM PDT by nuconvert

A skydiver's worst fear is having the parachute fail to properly deploy, and if this occurs at 15,000 feet, death would seem certain. But Michael Holmes is living proof that humans are remarkably resilient, and that blind luck -- or miracles -- sometimes come into play. Holmes, whose frightening plunge was captured on video (see below), landed in dense vegetation and not only survived with only moderate injuries, he continues to skydive

Holmes' amazing ordeal, which occurred five years ago in New Zealand, will be featured Sunday night at 10 and 10:30 (Eastern and Pacific) in the National Geographic series, "The Indestructibles,"which showcases miraculous survival stories. The network has combined video from Holmes' helmet-cam and that of fellow skydiver Jonathan King, who watched helplessly as his friend spiraled toward earth, his chute only partially deployed, from nearly three miles high.

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TOPICS: Hobbies; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: skydiver; skydiving

1 posted on 07/16/2011 5:25:23 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Video

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/video/deadly_skydiving_accident/


2 posted on 07/16/2011 5:25:55 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

All skydivers plunge to earth. Their success seems dependent on their speed upon reaching the ground.


3 posted on 07/16/2011 5:27:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: nuconvert
My wife packed my ‘chute......
4 posted on 07/16/2011 5:28:45 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: Navy Patriot

I heard a gay guy say that once but I quit listening after that.


5 posted on 07/16/2011 5:30:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: nuconvert

Reminds of the the story about a skydiver in a similar situation. As he fell to earth he encountered another guy flying up from the ground. He said: “Do you know anything about parachutes?”
The other fellow replied: “No. Do you know anything about gas grills?”


6 posted on 07/16/2011 5:30:53 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: nuconvert

15000 feet is a feat worthy of praise just for the fact that he maintained his coherency unless of course he toted a portable oxygen bottle.


7 posted on 07/16/2011 5:31:41 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: nuconvert

Aw, hell....I did the same thing......from TWENTYFIVEETHOUSAND feet, with a chute.....yeah....
that wasn’t even PARTIALLY OPEN,,,yeah, that’s the ticket.... signed, Tommy Flanagan .

Actually I;ve seen the trailers for this show on Nat Geo channel and was planning to watch it. Some of what they showed was so extreme it almost looked like computer graphics.


8 posted on 07/16/2011 5:32:44 PM PDT by supremedoctrine ("uncurtaining the night,I'd let dark glass/hang all the furniture above the grass." -Nabokov)
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To: nuconvert

Probably a line over partial malfunction resulting in uncontrollable spin. Betted than a streamer aka a screamer but still a hard stop. Blue skies from crghill B17580


9 posted on 07/16/2011 5:35:47 PM PDT by crghill (You can't put a condom on your soul.)
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To: nuconvert
"I'm dead. Bye".

Yikes!

10 posted on 07/16/2011 5:36:09 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((((unite))))
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To: cripplecreek

It’s not the fall that kills you—it’s the sudden stop.


11 posted on 07/16/2011 5:36:43 PM PDT by Keli Kilohana (Editor, ZARR CHASM CHRONICAL [sic], Sore, WV)
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To: nuconvert

Let me say this again; They don’t make an airplane big enough to hold all the people it would take to throw me out.


12 posted on 07/16/2011 5:38:44 PM PDT by umgud
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To: nuconvert
Just gave me an idea. I'll setup a camera near the Sunshine Skyway bridge, and film it for a week. Fifty percent of the people who jump survive.

Then sell it to National Geographic.

Just kidding...

5.56mm

13 posted on 07/16/2011 5:39:10 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: nuconvert

Gonna have a bad case of the RiceKrispies every morning, dang

snap, crackle, pop


14 posted on 07/16/2011 5:57:39 PM PDT by waterhill (Little 'r' republican: taker of the Founder's 'Red Pill'...www.mikechurch.com)
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To: He Rides A White Horse

didn’t have time to say much more.


15 posted on 07/16/2011 6:02:22 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: EGPWS

Oxygen is required at 15000’ but not at 14999’...I’ve been to 17000 w/o oxygen with 40 others in a DC3. It was a slow forming location as everyone was a little logy for the first half minute of a 90 sec freefall.


16 posted on 07/16/2011 6:07:24 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: nuconvert

Hell yea

What stones!!

Facing sure splat and he yells

BYE!!!!!

Instead of screaming like a weenie

I love this guy!!!!

Whoever he is...


17 posted on 07/16/2011 6:09:04 PM PDT by wardaddy (Palin or Bachman..either with Marco....I'm often on a DroidX..in bed late...hence my spelling..sorry)
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To: nuconvert
I salute you Kiwi


18 posted on 07/16/2011 6:12:29 PM PDT by wardaddy (Palin or Bachman..either with Marco....I'm often on a DroidX..in bed late...hence my spelling..sorry)
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To: nuconvert
Just enough time for one chorus of Blood on the Risers.
19 posted on 07/16/2011 6:17:32 PM PDT by 11Bush
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To: crghill

I believe you are correct, sir. gorush D7166


20 posted on 07/16/2011 6:19:28 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: nuconvert
A skydiver's worst fear is having the parachute fail to properly deploy, and if this occurs at 15,000 feet, death would seem certain.

In the air, altitude is life. The higher something goes wrong if it's going to anyway, the better. Having your main streamer at 15k is way better than having it do the same thing at 1k. It gives you time to sort it out or implement Plan B.

But then, who but military HAHO folks open at 15k? :-)

21 posted on 07/16/2011 6:20:34 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: nuconvert
didn’t have time to say much more.

I had to watch the video again. He seemed somewhat resigned. He yells, but not in the way most would think.

22 posted on 07/16/2011 6:23:13 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((((unite))))
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To: umgud
This picture is ancient, from before square chutes...Good times!

Photobucket

Years later...

Photobucket

23 posted on 07/16/2011 6:24:02 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: crghill

Trash packing maybe ?


24 posted on 07/16/2011 6:26:44 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: crghill
Blue skies from crghill B17580 <<

Hey..You were just a number....Funny u should remember it!....*W*

25 posted on 07/16/2011 6:30:31 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: umgud

“They don’t make an airplane big enough to hold all the people it would take to throw me out.”

Amen. I used to fly fighters, but it is different if the airplane no longer functions. Never punched out, but put my hand next to the ejection handle a couple of times...but jumping out of a perfectly good airplane?

“That’ll be the day”, as the Duke would put it.


26 posted on 07/16/2011 6:31:29 PM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: gorush
Oxygen is required at 15000’ but not at 14999’...I’ve been to 17000 w/o oxygen with 40 others in a DC3. It was a slow forming location as everyone was a little logy for the first half minute of a 90 sec freefall.

You are pushing it with 17000 in a DC3 however I was at 13000 in a DC3 and that in itself is a great "happy hour lala time".

BTW, a DC3 is a 26 max load limit via carrying capability aircraft...

27 posted on 07/16/2011 6:31:48 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: wardaddy

I knew a Senior Master Sergeant in a USAF special tactics unit that augered into the Florida Glades an survived.....TWICE !

Of course recovery was years between each impact ..

And each time he fought administrokia to return to jump status.

Perfect cutaways each time an reserves failed on both.

He packed his own chutes before anyone thinks conspiracy etc by his troops.


28 posted on 07/16/2011 6:44:13 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: gorush

Man I miss it. Quit when I got married.


29 posted on 07/16/2011 6:49:34 PM PDT by crghill (You can't put a condom on your soul.)
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To: M-cubed

I miss it so. What a blast.


30 posted on 07/16/2011 6:50:40 PM PDT by crghill (You can't put a condom on your soul.)
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To: Squantos

I’m thinking it was his reserve. He had the rip cord in his hand at one point but I dont know why. His rigro probably was catching up on repacks late one night after the dz closed.


31 posted on 07/16/2011 6:53:14 PM PDT by crghill (You can't put a condom on your soul.)
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To: gorush

A little crw. Noice!


32 posted on 07/16/2011 6:54:13 PM PDT by crghill (You can't put a condom on your soul.)
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To: He Rides A White Horse

Yeah. I think “Oh sh%t, I’m dead. Bye” is pretty resigned to what’s probably gonna happen. lol


33 posted on 07/16/2011 6:56:38 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

It wasn’t a blood curdling scream or anything like that. That’s what struck me.


34 posted on 07/16/2011 6:58:54 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((((unite))))
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To: gorush
Oxygen is required at 15000’ but not at 14999’...I’ve been to 17000 w/o oxygen with 40 others in a DC3. It was a slow forming location as everyone was a little logy for the first half minute of a 90 sec freefall.

I've hiked at nearly 15,000' and could only walk about 50 yards at a time before stopping to catch my breath and take a break before continuing on to the top of the mountain.

35 posted on 07/16/2011 7:13:36 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Riley

Beautiful streamer, open for me,
Blue skies above me and no canopy;
Counted nine thousands, counted too long,
Reached for the rip cord, the damn thing was gone.

Beautiful streamer, why must it be?
White silk above me is what I should see,
Just like my mother that looks over me;
To hell with the rip cord, ‘twas not made for me.

Beautiful streamer, follow me down,
Time is elapsing and here comes the ground;
Six hundred feet and then I can tell,
If I’ll go to heaven or end up in hell.

Beautiful streamer, this is the end,
Gabriel is blowing, my body won’t mend;
All you jump happy son’s of a gun,
Take this last warning as jumping’s no fun.

Beautiful streamer
Open for me
Blur sky above me, but no canopy


36 posted on 07/16/2011 7:29:05 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: EGPWS; gorush

I’ve snowboarded at 15k in Chile. Why do you need O2 at that height?


37 posted on 07/16/2011 8:30:05 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Vendome

The FAA requires it of all occupants of unpressurized aircraft @ 15000’ and above. Lack of O2 will eventually lead to unconsciousness. Unconsciousness and inflight aircraft don’t mix well. Payne Stewart was an unfortunate victim of this condition.


38 posted on 07/16/2011 8:42:42 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: EGPWS
"BTW, a DC3 is a 26 max load limit via carrying capability aircraft..."

Either there is an exception for jump aircraft or the rule has changed since the early '80's. I've exited many DC3's and C47's with forty jumpers aboard.

39 posted on 07/16/2011 8:47:00 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Squantos
He packed his own chutes before anyone thinks conspiracy

Maybe he shoulda sub'd that part out....

40 posted on 07/16/2011 9:01:34 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Squantos

Bad Luck Bear. I watched an Army type pop a streamer and deploy reserve without cutting away when I was a kid playing at Lakehurst, NJ. Saw the bounce. That did not stop me from jumping as an adult though. Waiting in line to board for my second jump, saw a guy have to cut away and deploy his reserve. Worked fine. No bounce. It usually just requires a cool head and a little luck. That MSGT apparently had used all his luck chips. Good thing he had a cool head.


41 posted on 07/16/2011 9:33:34 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: cripplecreek

LOL.


42 posted on 07/16/2011 9:36:26 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: crghill
I've seen a man land a spinning mae-west round canopy, jump to his feet and slam his helmet to the ground cussing.

Not giving up has a lot to do with it.

blueskys & fairwinds scr97

43 posted on 07/17/2011 12:12:38 AM PDT by grayeagle
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