You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade now to a modern browser in order to benefit of all our site's features: Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer. [Close]

The Official Blog of Fox News Channel

TERRIFYING VIDEO: Skydiver Blacks Out When Parachute Opens Immediately After Jump

Terrifying video captures the moments when a California skydiver realized there was a malfunction with his parachute. Gerardo Flores blacked out while plummeting to the ground from a height of 13,000 feet. Trace Gallagher reported that Flores was documenting his 30th free fall with a video camera.

The video provides a firsthand look at his excitement as he jumps out of the plane. Suddenly, there’s a jolt and Flores states that the parachute opened up.

Parachutes are not supposed to deploy above 6,000 feet because the air is too thin and cold. Flores contemplates letting go of the first parachute and using the backup one. For a reason that is still unknown, he blacks out and falls for 20 minutes until he amazingly lands inside the drop zone.

Flores remained unconscious for two more weeks. He had a few broken ribs and other minor bruises. The FAA found in its investigation that a Velcro strap caused the parachute to deploy prematurely. The skydiving school, however, blames Flores for not having the experience to make that jump.

Posted in: 
Leave a Comment0

Today's Front Page Stories

On Fox News Channel

All Times Eastern


Greta Van Susteren is revisiting a chilling case that has gone unsolved for more than eight years now.  Don't miss "Greta Investigates: The Mysterious Disappearance of Jennifer Kesse."


Tune in for a special O'Reilly Factor all about religion in America with some of Bill's most enlightening interviews.


Don’t miss Sean’s powerful interviews with religious icons & witness how much their spirit and leadership can teach us on a Hannity: Power of Faith.

Don't want to keep checking back here for the latest from Fox News? That's cool. We'll come to you ...

Connect with Fox News


Stay connected with the most-trusted name in cable news through exclusive videos, blogs, polls, contests and behind-the-scene details.

Get More Fox!

Fox News Launches Redesigned App for iPhones, Androids

Now it's easier and faster than ever to keep up with the most powerful name in news wherever you are. Download the redesigned Fox News Channel app today on your iPhone or Android to watch Fox News and Fox Business Network live on your device! Click here for more information on how you can get the Fox News app.

Fox News Presents: 'My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck'

Fox News Channel presents an exciting new feature series, My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. From the quirky to the inspirational, "My America" will reveal who we are as a nation – driven, passionate and uniquely American. Check out the latest installment: an inside look at Mutton Bustin!

Greta Is Wired! is the official blog of Greta Van Susteren. Get Greta’s breaking news alerts, pictures, videos, polls, and behind-the-scenes exclusives. Plus, speak out on open threads, as well as the live chat page. Connect to the GretaWire community ... and to Greta herself!