HORRIBLE video shows moment a skydiver passes out at 10,000ft as another skydiver crashes into his head.
Ben Pigeon was sent into a death whirl and was only saved when an instructor was able to reach him and pull his parachute.
Ben was one of three jumpers filmed jumping out of a plane with instructor Andy Locke.
Andy’s helmet cam shows them holding hands in a dive over the landing zone near Dallas. Texas.
They parted ways to continue their freefall practice.
Suddenly one of the group rushes past Andy at high speed and hits Ben’s head.
He is knocked unconscious on impact and spirals out of control.
Andy, an experienced instructor, spreads out flat and heads for the helpless Ben.
His camera shows him grabbing Ben, stopping his spin and pulling the line on his reserve parachute to about 5,000 feet.
Amazingly, Ben regained consciousness with concussion and was able to execute a “textbook” approach despite landing “like a sack of potatoes.”
The dramatic 2014 video only surfaced six years later, when Ben posted it to Facebook during the first coronavirus lockdown.
He said: “I’m posting this because I’m bored but also to encourage the six foot rule (social distancing).
“If we had used the 6 foot rule on this jump, a femur would not have made contact with my head at over 200mph.
“But under the six-foot rule, another jumper would not have been allowed to pull my parachute when I was knocked unconscious at 10,000 feet.”
He continued, “Side note: Finding the drop zone can be difficult for non-skydivers
“Especially in this drop zone because it’s all farmland and everything looks the same. You need to identify streets to find out where you are.
“I was so shocked that I lost my memory for three days.
“How I found the drop zone is beyond me. I could have fallen into power lines or onto the freeway.
“Not only did I find it; I flew a perfect student pattern but didn’t have the power to flare (meaning the landing hurt too).
“I was so exhausted. When I was first asked if I was okay, I said, ‘What do you mean, I just came out of my tent?’ and then pointed to my parachute.
“I’m not saying that Jesus took the gags off, but someone took care of me that day.”
‘sack of potatoes’
In a follow-up post, Andy revealed that it was the tenth jump of the day and despite a practice on the ground, the skydivers were “tired” and making mistakes.
He said of Ben: “The hit had obviously knocked him unconscious.
“He was in a flat spin on his back. The only thought I remembered was ‘go there’.
“I then go to my stomach and use whatever area I can to fly over to him. I stop his spin and try to roll him onto his stomach to no avail.
“At 5,000 feet I make the decision to pull out his reserve chute. My logic behind the decision to pull his reserve chute rather than my main chute is that the reserve chute is designed to open and land more gently than a typical main chute.
“I then got down on the ground as quickly as possible so I could notify someone to call 911.”
He added: “The KO jumper regained consciousness under his reserve and was kind of flying a textbook student pattern.
“He landed like a sack of potatoes in the main landing area. The other jumper also landed safely in the main landing pad.
“Everyone left that day. Some with a bruised ego, some with a bruised face
“The truth is, this accident could have happened to anyone. This accident changed the way I jump – for the better.”
In November, a startling video showed one runaway plane and almost hit a group of nine skydivers in South Africa.
In 2019, a lucky skydiver died when a gust of wind prevented him from crashing into a building in Brazil.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/4977510/skydiver-knocked-out-death-spiral-texas-video/ Terrible moment where the parachutist GETS HEAD BEAT sending him into the death spiral before the hero trainer catches him and pulls the parachute