Ben Cornick, 31, is lucky to be alive.
The experienced Welsh skydiving instructor miraculously survived a 12,000-foot jump in Fiji that ended horrifically: he crash-landed on a parked van.
"On his landing, he was doing his final turn when the riser slipped out of his hand," his cousin Ricky Davies, also a skydiving instructor, told ABCNews.com. "This slowed the turn down and took him off course slightly. This happens from time to time, and it's not an issue, but there was a van parked in the middle of the landing area, and Ben didn't have time to change course and avoid the van."
The van broke his fall, and, according to Skydive Fiji, likely saved Cornick's life.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji is investigating the incident.Read More »from Facebook supporters pitch in to pay injured skydiver’s medical bills