A skydiver who was unconscious in mid-air for 20 minutes when his parachute opened early has survived to tell the tale.
Footage from Gerardo Flores’ video camera captured the moment the experienced jumper’s parachute came open unexpectedly at 3900m, causing him to panic.
"You'd never open above 6000 feet (1800m)," he told television station KPIX5.
"Something went wrong."
The video showed Mr Flores, who had been training at a California skydiving school for two years, considering his options aloud before falling unconscious.
After 20 minutes falling through the air, Mr Flores crashed into the ground and was taken to hospital.
He suffered broken ribs and a lacerated tongue and was unconscious for two weeks, KPIX5 reports.
The Federal Aviation Administration's report on the incident found the "main parachute closing flap Velcro was completely worn."
The reports said knotted rigging lines "should have been replaced."
But Skydive Monterey Bay, the school where Mr Flores was training, disputed the FAA findings and said Mr Flores' equipment was "in proper working order."
The organisation said "improper use by the jumper" caused the accident.
Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson