JOSHUA (CBSDFW.COM) — The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the skydiving company in an accident that nearly killed a 16-year-old Joshua resident in January.
In a minimal report, the FAA found the parachute that 16-year old Mackenzie Wethington used was in good condition and properly packed. The report found no reason to blame the company out of Chickasha, Oklahoma.
The report says that Wethington panicked when her chute became entangled in her first-ever jump, a solo jump.
As she spiraled to the ground at a high rate of speed, she then failed to follow the emergency instructions that were provided by a radio operator, according to the report.
Mackenzie recalled the accident in February, saying that after the complication occurred, she “just remember screaming, and then I blacked out.”
“All I can go on is what they say,” said Holly Wethington, the girl’s mother. “If there was no malfunction, and it was all operator, then it’s just something that could happen to anybody.”