Teen Skydiving Crash Landing Mackenzie Wethington 16 yrs old Has a Guardian Angel

Posted on 08. Nov, 2016 by in Uncategorized

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Teen Skydiving Crash Landing Mackenzie Wethington 16 yrs old Has a Guardian Angel . A 16-year-old girl has cheated death after falling 3,500ft in a skydiving accident.
Mackenzie Wethington’s horrified father, Joe, watched as she spiralled to the ground during the jump which he had bought for her 16th birthday present
The teenager broke a tooth, her pelvis, lumbar spine in her lower back, several ribs and a shoulder blade, and hurt her liver when she crashed to the floor.
But this week she was taken out of the intensive care unit where she was being treated and was able to communicate with her family for the first time.
She was on a static-line jump whereby the parachute opens automatically. Hers did open, but for some reason she entered a spiral, picking up speed as she fell from the 1958 Cessna to the floor.
Although she had her parents’ consent to do the jump, Mr Wethington now says Mackenzie should never have been allowed to do so.
He also jumped from the plane, which was between 3,000 and 3,500ft, and landed safely before watching in horror as his daughter fell to the ground.
At a news conference he said: “I don’t think she should have been allowed at 16 to go up there and perform that type of jump, no matter what I say or she says, she shouldn’t have been allowed.
“I find it very hard to believe that the rules and regulations in Oklahoma are that lax.”
Speaking at the hospital where she is being treated he added : “She jumped out of a plane but she fell in God’s hands. Compared to when she came in here, she’s doing great.”
The reason for the anticlockwise spiral is unknown, but her family have spoken of their relief after she was taken out of intensive care following the accident at the skydiving school in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Mackenzie’s sister, Meagan, said: “We thought that she was not going to get through it, but all the bleeding stopped and she’s pushing her way through.”
It is expected that the youngster will take several weeks to make a full recovery.
Trauma surgeon Dr Jeffrey Bender told CBS News : “I don’t know the particulars of the accident as I wasn’t there. But if she truly fell 3,000ft I have no idea how she survived.”
Robert Swainson, owner of Pegasus Air Sports Center, said she was trained for up to seven hours before making the jump.
Another person jumping from the plane backed out at the last minute and because of protocol he stayed with that person.
Speaking about watching Mackenzie fall, Mr Swainson said: “It was correctable, but corrective action didn’t appear to have been taken. The most I could have done is screamed.”
He added: “Once all the training is over, and we’re happy with everything then, then we can go and make the dive, but she didn’t do what she was supposed to do.”
“There was a full parachute and it started a left turn all the way until she hit the ground. … She didn’t take that corrective counter action (and) as a result, the parachute did not stop turning.”

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