OUCH!! Freefall from 5000 feet.

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Okay, I'm not one who thinks other peoples pain is "neat", but this guy free falls from 5000 feet and, although he's hurt, manages to survive.

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5000 feet? pfffft...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Alkemade

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Magee
they even filmed it !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lJTZUOKLfw (kinda special *ahem*)

even girls can do it...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesna_Vulovic
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Good grief, this has sure made the rounds. The guy is certainly lucky that he landed in something soft. But the media apparently haven't given a moment's thought to the meaning of the term "freefall." Freefall is what you're doing *before* deploying the parachute. That would be about 120mph, and no berry patch would save you.

He had a spinning malfunction with two canopies out, a serious but not-unheard-of situation. What would really be interesting to know is why his main canopy didn't release.
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Indeed not freefall, and it's obvious from the video that he's slowed down sufficiently enough for other skydivers with fully open parachutes to actually catch up to him somewhat.

Saw a story about a guy a few years ago though who jumped and the parachute didn't open at all, nor did the reserve. He survivied by miraculously landing on a big metal grate that somewhat cushioned his fall (though he bounced a couple of times). He broke virtually every bone breakable and had massive internal damage, but survived.
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Seeing it that he did the bushes probably did save his life absorbing most of the impact to keep him alive.

With water he would have hit it like hitting a wall due to the surface tension.

Lucky guy. Not as bad as the one video I saw of that fellow who base jumped off a power dam and fell all the way...jeez it was so painful afterwards...so much blood and screaming. Luckily he survived but with alot of broken bones to prove that it wasn't a good idea.
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