This paratrooper lived his worst nightmare as he plunged hundreds of meters into free fall. A spectator recorded his fight in the air.
To instructor Mal Richardson, his parachute failed him in mid-flight. From the ground, he looked tangled and out of control.
The experienced athlete struggled in the air to unlock the main device. When he failed, he activated the secondary.
Everything happened in dramatic seconds with the ground getting closer.
Richardson never gave up, even though he was heading like a missile to a fatal destination. But his luck changed. He achieved some stability and fell into a bay.
His expertise and the safety procedure used saved his life.