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Video shows woman, 80, nearly falling out of parachute harness

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A woman nearly falls out of a parachute harness in this undated video over Lodi, Calif.

A video of an 80-year-old woman who nearly falls out of her parachute harness after being pushed to jump has surfaced online, but the owner of the Northern California business where it was filmed said he had no details about what happened.

Published by TheChive.com, the video was taken by The Parachute Center in Lodi, Calif., as part of its services for customers. It shows a woman only identified as Laverne as saying she had turned 80 and decided to celebrate by jumping tandem with an instructor. 

The Daily Mail in London dissected the video into still images that show the woman in various stages of distress.

It also quoted a British expert as saying the woman could have easily fallen out of the harness.


"She was very close to slipping out," said Tony Butler, technical officer at the British Parachute Association. "You can see from the video the instructor was trying to get to the harness and cling on to it."

"At the start of the clip she is reluctant to jump and they were in a bad position with her holding onto the door frame as they left the plane," he told the Daily Mail. "Things like this have happened in the United States before and there have been two fatalities."

Msnbc.com contacted the Parachute Center and a man who identified himself as Bill Dause, the owner, said the video was "real old, well over a year ago" and that he had no further information about the incident.

TheChive.com told msnbc.com that it was "working on getting more info" about the video's origins.

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