Danish woman survives 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) fall

July 31st, 2011 - 6:50 pm ICT by BNO News  

COPENHAGEN (BNO NEWS) — A Danish woman has reportedly survived a fall of around 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) after her parachutes failed to open, local media reported on Sunday.

The Ekstra Bladet newspaper reported that the accident happened on Saturday afternoon when the 28-year-old woman was skydiving along with other members of a skydiving club near Viborg, a town located in central Jutland.

According to the report, her lines became entangled which prevented both her main and reserve parachutes to open. It did not say whether a parachute had partially opened which would have slowed down the speed of her fall.

Police said the woman fell from a height of around 1,000 meters (3,280 feet), which is more than twice the height of the Empire State Building in New York City. Witnesses said the woman was conscious and her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, the report said.

People who have survived extreme falls include JAT flight attendant Vesna Vulović who survived a fall of 10,160 meters (33,330 feet) when JAT Flight 367 exploded near the village of Srbská Kamenice in Czechoslovakia, which is now the Czech Republic. Although it earned her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1985, some have disputed the reported fall as propaganda.

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