Parachute Not At Fault In Texas Teen’s 3,000-Foot Fall, FAA Says

The parachute used by a Texas teenager who survived a 3,000-foot fall in a skydiving accident appeared to be in good working condition, an investigation has determined.

Makenzie Wethington in the hospital after the fall. (File)

DALLAS (June 10, 2014) The parachute used by Texas teenager Makenzie Wethington, who survived a 3,000-foot fall in a skydiving accident in January, appeared to be in good working condition, an investigation has determined.

Federal Aviation Administration inspector Michael Kout wrote in a letter that an outside inspector "did not find any discrepancies with the parachute."

Wethington, who's from Joshua, said she blacked out after realizing her parachute canopy malfunctioned and doesn’t remember striking the ground.

Her helmet was equipped with a two-way radio and she was wearing an auxiliary parachute, but she failed to activate it, despite instructions to do so.

Wethington hurt her liver and broke her pelvis, lumbar spine in her lower back, a shoulder blade and several ribs.

Her trauma surgeon said it was remarkable she survived.

The static-line jump was the teenager's first.

Wethington's father has said his daughter should not have been allowed by the Oklahoma skydiving company to perform the jump, even though the teen's parents signed off on letting her do it.

The skydiving company says it took Makenzie up only because it received parental approval.


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