DALLAS – An investigation of a skydiving accident that left a North Texas teenager severely injured has found the parachute appeared to be in good working condition.
The Federal Aviation Administration released its findings Monday into the January accident involving then-16-year-old Makenzie Wethington, who fell 3,000 feet to the ground when her parachute didn't deploy properly.
Wethington broke several ribs and damaged her liver and kidney, among other injuries.
FAA inspector Michael Kout wrote in a letter that an outside inspector "did not find any discrepancies with the parachute." A radio operator trying to assist Wethington says that she appeared to panic when he tried to help her steer to safety.
Wethington has said she believed she blacked out during the descent.
KRLD-AM in Dallas first reported the results of the investigation.