Earlier in August, a woman survived a 5,000 foot fall when her main and backup parachute failed to open. Denis Demers, a witness of the fall, called it a “miracle” that she survived, according to CBC.
Demers said she was falling more quickly than the other divers and neither of her parachutes opened. “I don’t know how a person can survive a fall from an airplane like that.”
The woman, who had skydived before, was skydiving at a facility called Parachutisme Adrénaline in Trois-Rivières, Quebec Canada. The woman hit trees on her way toward the ground and is now in the hospital with broken vertebrates and multiple fractures. Yet, she is alive.
The skydiving facility is now under investigation for possible criminal negligence.
Nancy Koreen, the director of sports promotion for the U.S. Parachute Association (USPA) said that parachute malfunctions are “extremely rare” and most skydiving accidents are caused by user error.
According to the USPA, there were approximately 3.3 million skydives in 2018 and only 13 fatalities. This is the lowest fatality number in the history of skydiving.