Girl celebrating 18th birthday dies after her skydiving parachute failed to work

A girl celebrating her 18th birthday has died after her parachute failed to work while skydiving. Vanessa Ivonne Melendez Cardenas died last weekend in Morelos, Mexico where she decided to celebrate her birthday with a parachute jump.

She and her 34-year old instructor, Mauricio Gutiérrez Castillo, fell 1,300ft to their death as seen in a video which capture their fall. The duo couldn’t get their parachute to work.

The video shows four other divers safely descending to the ground while two others plunged straight to the ground.

Jorge Gaitán, the director of Albatros Parachuting, actually believes the release mechanism may have been manipulated by someone.

He said:

“It wasn’t equipment failure or anything like that. It surely had to do with someone who was on that flight, who manipulated and activated the release mechanism,” the Mirror UK quotes.

“That doesn’t end up happening by accident: it is caused by a human. We are in those investigations. We still do not know what happened.”


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