Saturday, February 25, 2012

I hit the ground at 50mph - and lived! Incredible survival of teenage skydiver

Greg Benson's fall from a plane

A teenage skydiver who survived after hitting the ground at more than 50mph has spoken for the first time about his accident.

Greg Benson plunged uncontrollably when he became tangled in his parachute last weekend – but, amazingly, he escaped with relatively minor injuries.

The 18-year-old student, who flew up in a Cessna 206 aircraft from Strathallan Airfield in Perthshire, was taking part in his fourth skydive.

He leapt out of the plane at 3,500ft but a mistake led to the lines of his parachute becoming wrapped around his leg so that it failed to open properly.

The error also meant his reserve chute did not open.

Greg, who is studying chemical engineering at Strathclyde University, landed in a field and was taken by air ambulance to hospital. However, he was released just 48 hours later.

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