Texas girl, 16, in Oklahoma hospital after plummeting more than 3,000 feet in skydive accident

  • Article by: JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 29, 2014 - 2:14 AM

TULSA, Okla. — A 16-year-old Texas girl who plummeted more than 3,000 feet to the ground in an Oklahoma skydiving accident survived and is recovering from her many injuries, a doctor said Tuesday.

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zkat5zugJan. 29, 14 3:05 AM

So, the father goes up with the daughter, knowing she's going to jump, he jumps first, and then after she is injured, the father says the company shouldn't have allowed her to go. that has to be the most perverse Monday morning quarterbacking I've ever heard of.

jeffportJan. 29, 14 4:33 AM

You can just read the future lawsuit... I wounder if she has ever done a tandem jump.. Hey dad, if you don't think they should have allowed her to do the jump, why did you allow it? You were right there!!! You sir should have voiced your concerns, oh wait, you had no concerns until after the fact....

Kendon6430Jan. 29, 14 5:35 AM

"I don't think she should have been allowed at 16 to go up there and perform that type of jump, no matter what I say or she says, she shouldn't have been allowed," Joe Wethington said at the news conference. This from the father who gave permission for his daughter to jump and AFTER he was the first to jump from the plane. Sounds like dad is trying to find someone to blame. Someone other than himself, of course.

klmoonJan. 29, 14 5:45 AM

"The girl's parents agreed to let her perform the jump, but her father, Joe Wethington, now says the skydiving company shouldn't have allowed it." Yes, in hindsight but if it would have gone off without any problems you would have still thought it was a good idea. sniff sniff, I smell a lawsuit even though they probably signed away all legal rights.

MorgJan. 29, 14 5:55 AM

Typical America. The guy goes out of his way, signing waivers, etc., because he wants his daughter to jump so bad. Then something happens and it's the skydiving companies fault. She panicked and didn't use her training, nor did she listen to help over the radio. But despite everything they signed taking liability away from the company they will still get a huge check.

thewordsmithJan. 29, 14 6:41 AM

How is this possible? Wow! That is one stellar guardian angel she has.

viczee26Jan. 29, 14 6:56 AM

I am neither a skydiver nor a parachutist. Isn't skydiving where one falls freely before opening the chute? If she left the plane with static line, then she was merely parachuting, not skydiving. Any comments? The headline is misleading.

vizzleJan. 29, 14 8:16 AM

Let's not lose sight of the fact the company packed the parachute in the first place. Sounds like there was an issue with the packing. I know there are releases signed, but there is also a trust put into the skydiving company. If the packing of the chute was the issue, it doesn't matter whether people think she should have been jumping alone or not. The company failed her.

luzhishenJan. 29, 14 9:31 AM

"If the packing of the chute was the issue, it doesn't matter whether people think she should have been jumping alone or not." Correct. Assumed risk is assumed in a context. As for the father, he should be liable as well if he has jumped before.

boozlesJan. 29, 14 9:40 AM

So a dad from Texas allows his 16 year old daughter to travel to a less regulated state (Oklahoma) in order for her to do a solo skydive at 16 instead of waiting until she's 18 like most states. Does it ever occur to people that regulations are there for a reason? I blame the dad for this one.


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