The instructor only had a grip on Everett as the two plummeted toward the ground
Laverne Everett went skydiving to mark her 80th birthday, but the jump didn't go quite according to plan.
In a video that has gone viral, we see Everett slipping through the harness that attaches her to the instructor she is doing the tandem jump with. Everett clings to her instructor as they plunge to the Earth at about 200 kilometres per hour.
The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating.
While the near-death ordeal is enough to leave most people shaking a for a long time, Everett can now laugh about it.
"I just wanted to do it," Everett said laughing in an exclusive interview with CBS Sacramento.
Everett jumped last year at the Sky dive Lodi Parachute Center in Acampo, Calif., but the video is just now taking off after her sister posted the video online to share the experience with out-of-state relatives.
While it looks like she is hesitant to jump, Everett said the instructor didn't force her against her will.
"No I don't look at it that way. He knew how badly I wanted to jump," she said to CBS.
Everett and her instructor both made it to the ground safely, but CBS notes the Parachute Center has a long history of accidents. At least eight people have died jumping with the company over 10 years and the FAA has proposed more than $900,000 in fines against the company for plane safety concerns in the past year and a half.