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Peruvian Man Survives 5,000-Foot Fall and Doesn’t Even Break a Bone After Parachute Mishap
New York Daily News ^ | 5/8 | Joe Kemp

Posted on 05/08/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Amasifuen Gamarra, 31, was surprisingly unscathed when his parachute tangled and caused the mile-high fall after he leaped from a plane above Arequipa, Peru, a doctor said.

A Peruvian air force officer miraculously survived a 5,000-foot fall after his parachute malfunctioned during a training excercise, it was reported.

He didn’t even break a bone.

Amasifuen Gamarra, 31, was surprisingly unscathed from the mile-high mishap after the lines from the parachute wrapped around his neck when he leaped from a military plane above Arequipa, in southern Peru, Agence France-Presse reported.

“It’s a miracle he’s alive,” Guillermo Pacheco, an emergency room doctor, told the AFP. “It was the will of God he survived.”

Pacheco said medics performed a battery of tests on the sergeant, but they couldn’t detect any serious injuries.

“We don’t know what cushioned his fall, but he’s alive,” Pacheco said. “It’s a miracle.”

Gamarra, an eight-year veteran of the air force, was transferred to a military hospital for additional testing.


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1 posted on 05/08/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I remember reading a story about a WWII American airman who had to bail out or fell out of a bomber over enemy territory.

In the end, he ended up ‘landing’ without a parachute down the gentle slope of a grassy mountain or something like that. He cartwheeled and rolled head over heels down the slope, but he incurred no injuries....


2 posted on 05/08/2014 12:45:50 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

A Russian airman survived a 13,000 foot fall when he hit a snow covered mountain at a high angle and slid to a stop.


3 posted on 05/08/2014 12:48:59 PM PDT by AU72
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To: nickcarraway

Yet if I trip and fall, I will probably break my arm......


4 posted on 05/08/2014 12:50:19 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: nickcarraway

Terminal velocity in a free fall is about 125 mph. Think of being in a car hitting a tree at that speed with no seat belt on.


5 posted on 05/08/2014 12:50:27 PM PDT by AU72
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To: AU72

I can believe it.....God is there, you just have to believe sometimes.


6 posted on 05/08/2014 12:51:04 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: nickcarraway

No reserve? Or maybe it was too risky since the main was wrapped around his neck?

Lucky man for sure, he is bound to get a nick name out of that one. Lucky is too obvious. Bounce?


7 posted on 05/08/2014 12:58:21 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: AU72

after the lines from the parachute wrapped around his neck


Not an expert but it sounds like the chute deployed and slowed him down. Uncontrolled landing I am sure.


8 posted on 05/08/2014 12:58:34 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: nickcarraway

He’ll probably get run over by a truck while sleeping in his bed.


9 posted on 05/08/2014 1:02:07 PM PDT by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: Gaffer

IIRC, there are several cases of individuals falling from planes at high altitudes and surviving....one included a person who fell through a plate glass skylight.


10 posted on 05/08/2014 1:02:57 PM PDT by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: nickcarraway

Well, Peru is at high elevation. Gravity isn’t as strong up there so he didn’t hit very hard.

Yeah, that’s it.


11 posted on 05/08/2014 1:04:57 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: nickcarraway

No reserve, no angled slope, lines tangled around his neck, alive and well with no broken bones after a five thousand foot fall?

LOL, what else is needed to declare a miracle here?


12 posted on 05/08/2014 1:06:29 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: HerrBlucher

nickname = Wile E. Coyote


13 posted on 05/08/2014 1:17:10 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (A Winch usually gets mounted on the front of a jeep...a wench usually gets mounted in the back.)
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To: Gaffer
5 Tales of Survival from Extreme Falls
14 posted on 05/08/2014 1:19:43 PM PDT by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: saganite

Anti-gravity!!!


15 posted on 05/08/2014 1:19:46 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Gaffer

“Ooooooh sssshhhhhh!!!!!!!!ttttt!!!”


16 posted on 05/08/2014 1:23:40 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: nickcarraway

Hope he bought a lottery ticket.


17 posted on 05/08/2014 1:26:43 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: Talisker
LOL, what else is needed to declare a miracle here?

A declaration of faith.

18 posted on 05/08/2014 1:41:36 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Gaffer

Angel working overtime ...


19 posted on 05/08/2014 1:42:09 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: nickcarraway

“Hey physics! Look over there!”


20 posted on 05/08/2014 1:44:29 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (Tri nornar eg bir. Binde til rota...)
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To: HerrBlucher

He shall from this moment on be known as El Gato.


21 posted on 05/08/2014 1:45:21 PM PDT by wrench
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To: nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows
Maybe he had a piece of buttered bread underneath him to break his fall.


22 posted on 05/08/2014 1:47:33 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Dead Corpse

Remember, it’s not the fall that kills you,
it’s the sudden deceleration at the end of it...

F = ma


23 posted on 05/08/2014 1:48:39 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo
Maybe this will become the next X-treme sport. Like bungy jumping without the cord.


24 posted on 05/08/2014 1:51:01 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Dead Corpse; JoeProBono

He’s going to get a ticket for breaking the law of gravity.


25 posted on 05/08/2014 1:51:43 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: nickcarraway

For your AP physics test, assuming the man weighed 150 pounds, calculate the energy expended to decelerate him from terminal velocity to zero in 1 second.

Extra credit if you can explain how he didn’t end up with ankles around his ears.


26 posted on 05/08/2014 1:52:21 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: IronJack

He had a partial chute deployment, possibly a streamer, but he was not at terminal velocity for a human body of 150 lbs.


27 posted on 05/08/2014 1:59:23 PM PDT by wrench
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To: nickcarraway

There was the teenage girl who survived a fall from a Lockeed Electra that broke up over the Peruvian jungle.


28 posted on 05/08/2014 2:02:57 PM PDT by willk (everyone)
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To: nickcarraway
PPPPPP

PissPoorPerformance from PeruvianParachutePacker?

29 posted on 05/08/2014 2:11:32 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Take congress in 2014. Have a Constitutional Convention of the States. Save the Republic.)
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To: Kenny Bunk
PissPoorPerformance from PeruvianParachutePacker

...permits pending plummet to planet. Police posit plunge portended by parting from proper packing procedure...

30 posted on 05/08/2014 2:24:33 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.wimp.com/luckiestman/


31 posted on 05/08/2014 2:33:01 PM PDT by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: P-Marlowe

Well said.


32 posted on 05/08/2014 2:54:28 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: nickcarraway
My cousin, a parachute instructor, had a double parachute failure and managed to walk (hobble) away from it. He somehow managed to hit some trees first which broke the fall somewhat.

I for one don't see any reason at all to jump out of a perfectly functioning airplane.

33 posted on 05/08/2014 2:56:49 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: nickcarraway

This is a minor point, to be sure, but the ignorance of the American press on military matters shows up in this article. First, he writes of the “Peruvian air force officer” and a couple paragraphs later, he talks of “the sergeant.” Anyone who knows anything about the military knows that a sergeant is not an officer. He’s an NCO but that’s not the same, by any stretch.


34 posted on 05/08/2014 3:21:44 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: OldPossum

What’s the “O” stand for in “NCO”?!


35 posted on 05/08/2014 3:28:18 PM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: Talisker

If God doesn’t get the Glory, then it ain’t a miracle.


36 posted on 05/08/2014 3:34:50 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: nickcarraway

Bttt.


37 posted on 05/08/2014 3:35:45 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Track9

He’ll probably get run over by a truck while sleeping in his bed.


Some poor blaster in Mission Viejo got killed a few months ago, by a drunk driver, while sleeping in his bed. Drunk (not injured, of course), went around a corner in a 30 m.p.h. zone doing about 75, lost control, and went right through the bedroom wall :(


38 posted on 05/08/2014 4:08:12 PM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: nickcarraway

During WWII a guy who jumped out of a burning heavy bomber @ 18000 ft without a parachute (rather than burn to death)walked away from his landing with just some scratches. One of those 80 ft tall pine trees broke his fall. The upper branches broke away(decelerating him) and the lower heaver ones bounced him. The story was in “Into The Silk: The Story of the Caterpillar Club”.


39 posted on 05/08/2014 5:22:21 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Southack

The “O” is for officer. The term, as you likely know (since you addressed the question that way), is “non-commissioned officer.” But as you may also know, it has no reference to what is commonly understood to be “officer.” These are corporals and sergeants in the Army, Air Force and Marines (there are different titles in the Navy), and they are by no means “officers” in the sense that commissioned and warrant officers are.

They are enlisted men, pure and simple. Not officers.


40 posted on 05/08/2014 6:39:54 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: OldPossum
"The “O” is for officer. ... They are enlisted men, pure and simple. Not officers." - OldPossum

Hmmm...

41 posted on 05/08/2014 6:54:25 PM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: Southack

OK, I’m convinced at this point. You never served in the military. Otherwise, you would know that NCOs are never thought of as officers.


42 posted on 05/08/2014 7:24:38 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Billthedrill

Perfect Practice for Perhaps Positively Preternatural “P” Placement, Pal.


43 posted on 05/09/2014 4:39:31 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Take congress in 2014. Have a Constitutional Convention of the States. Save the Republic.)
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