Skydiver Survives 13,000-Foot Fall: Gerardo Flores Parachute Fails During Dive, Watch Horrific Event Unfold [VIDEO]

By Mereb Gebremariam, Mstars Reporter | Feb 12, 2013 10:46 PM EST
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Skydiver Gerardo Flores relives surviving a 13,000-foot fall with his GoPro camera, that recorded the near death encounter. The professional skydiver fulfilled 29 jumps before encountering trouble in the sky when his parachute opened before expected to without his command.

Flores said, "It just exploded ... It just it yanked me to the side. Something went wrong ... One hundred things go through your mind. You are never suppose to open above 6,000 feet."

The NY Daily Mail is reporting that Flores was unconscious after realizing his parachute failed. The lucky skydiver suffered, broken ribs and a lacerated tongue. Knocked unconscious from injuring his head after impact, Flores miraculously woke up after 2 weeks in a coma, Flores said, "The FAA said you are the luckiest man I ever met."

The FAA looked into the accident and found that a "critical" Velcro strap was "completely worn" on Flores' gear. Investigators and inspectors also found that there were knots and some broken suspension lines on Flores' Parachute pack.

According to inspectors, "these lines should have been replaced prior top allowing this parachute to be placed in service."

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