WATCH: Skydiver Burns Parachute Midflight

Instructor demonstrates the need for a spare chute

Thompson completed the stunt in the sky above Eloy, Arizona, to demonstrate the necessity for a backup chute. (AXIS FlightSchoolTV / YouTube)
Photo: AXIS FlightSchoolTV / YouTube

As a safety demonstration, accelerated freefall instructor and skydiver Brianne Thompson lit her parachute on fire with a flare gun midflight in a video published on YouTube last Sunday by Arizona-based company AXIS Flight School. She then deployed a second parachute before falling safely to the ground.

Thompson completed the stunt in the sky above Eloy, Arizona, where she is a lead formation skydiving coach for Axis, to demonstrate the necessity for a backup chute. The Arizona native is a two-time medal winner at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Championships and was a member of the USA Women’s four-way skydiving league from 2006 to 2010, according to the Axis Flight School website.

Watch Thompson’s stunt below:

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