In grainy video, Craig Stapleton is seen turning wildly out of control as he plummets toward the ground. The parachute and backup chute failed the skydiver who lept out of a plane with Katie Hansen, his jump partner, in California. Stapleton and Hansen describe the frightening incident to Anderson Cooper on tonight's program.
The pair were trying a stunt with a flag, a factor that added to the confusion of what was happening when the chutes didn't open. “When I saw him spinning ... I started yelling ‘cut the flag away,’” says Hansen.
Stapleton was helplessly spinning for three minutes, but he tells Anderson it felt much longer. "In the air I knew I was going at a speed I was probably not going to survive," he says. Stapleton was especially fearful because he was heading toward rows of grape stakes at a speed of approximately 35 mph.
In this preview, he talks about those final moments before the crash landing. See more of the interview at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight.
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