A 30-year-old woman is recovering after falling more than 5,000 feet from a plane.
The woman, whose name was not released, was skydiving Saturday near Trois-Rivières, Quebec, when her main and backup parachutes failed to open. She plummeted into a wooded area, and she is in the hospital with several fractures, including broken vertebrae, CNN affiliate CBC reported. Trois-Rivières Police said her life isn’t in danger.
Denis Demers, who saw the incident play out, told CBC that the solo skydiver was falling faster than anybody else.
“It’s a miracle,” Demers said. “I don’t know how a person can survive a fall from an airplane like that.”
Océane Duplessis was about to board a plane for her own jump when she saw the accident. She told CBC that she “watched all the way to the end.”
“We kept hoping something would happen,” she added. “We were very worried. Very.”
Police said the woman had experience skydiving. An investigation is underway to determine whether it is a case of criminal negligence.
Skydiving injuries are rare. In the US, the United States Parachute Association says, there was approximately 1 injury out of every 1,536 skydives in 2018 – just 0.07% of all jumps.