In 2006, skydiver Michael Holmes jumped out of a plane at 15,000 ft. Wearing a helmet camera, his first chute failed, then his reserve, then he waived good-bye before landing in a blackberry bush and surviving. It was one highest falls on record.
In 2009 a skydiving instructor named Dave Hartsock took a 54 year-old woman on a tandem skydive. After the main chute failed and the 2nd got tangled he told the woman to lift her feet. He then saved her life, by rotating their position, placing his body under hers to act as a cushion on impact. They both survived.
When skydiver Joan Murray’s parachute failed, she approached the ground at 80 miles (128km) per hour, landing on a mound of fire ants. The shock from being stung over 200 times by the ants released a surge of adrenaline which kept her heart beating, and allowed her to survive.
In 2012, a skydiver was almost hit by a meteor in mid-air and caught the incident on film.
In 2005, a woman performing her first solo skydive jump survived a parachute malfunction which caused her to slam face first into a parking lot at 50 MPH. During surgery doctors discovered she was pregnant. She made a full recovery and the baby was fine.
In 1975, after a skydiving student’s main parachute became entangled with the plane, he deployed his reserve chute. This caused the plane to stall and engines to fail. Everybody on board survived as the plane descended under the reserve chute.
There is a sport called Banzai Skydiving. You throw the parachute out of the airplane first and then jump after it.
In 2005, a woman named Shayna Richardson survived a chute malfunction while falling thousands of feet and face planting into a parking lot. Not only did she successfully recover, but in the ER she discovered she was 2 weeks pregnant. The baby was not affected in any way by the accident.