Entries in Skydiving (2)


New Zealand Skydiver Survives Plunge

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A skydiver survived plunging to the ground Thursday afternoon after his parachute failed to open at the Motueka Airport on the South Island of New Zealand.

Detective John Nicholls of the Motueka Police said in a statement: “About 750 feet above the ground his reserve chute deployed automatically. It slowed his descent, however he landed heavily and sustained as yet unknown injuries.”

Authorities have not yet released the 35-year-old skydiver’s name, but according to police, he was airlifted to Nelson Hospital with multiple injuries, including to his back.

Website reports eyewitness Kim Eschweiler saw the man come “down fast and hit the ground full blast.”

“We were told his injuries are not life-threatening,” Skydive Abel Tasman owner Stuart Bean told

Bean said the man was an experienced skydiver, completing more than 1,000 jumps.

A Nelson Hospital spokeswoman reports the skydiver remains there in a stable condition.

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VIDEO: Skydiver Lands Safely Without Parachute from 2,400 Feet

Karen Sutton - Limelight Marketing/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Stuntman Gary Connery plummeted from 2,400 feet — without a parachute — and landed completely unscathed in the middle of more than 18,000 cardboard boxes in Buckinghamshire, England, Wednesday.

Connery became the first person to jump out of an aircraft wearing only a wingsuit and land without a parachute, the jump organizers said.

After exiting the helicopter, Connery, 42, reached speeds of 80 mph and then slowed to 50 mph before hitting the boxes. The jump lasted about 50 seconds.

“I feel incredible, just completely elated,” said Connery. “I have been training and planning for this record attempt for many years now, and I am so proud to have achieved a world first.”

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