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Lodi sky-diving incident involving 80-year-old leads to FAA fine

October 9, 2012 |  1:46 pm

Laverne Everett gained fame in May thanks to YouTube.

In 2011, she celebrated turning 80 years old by sky-diving for the first time. But her 13,000-feet-above-the-Earth leap went wrong when her harness began to slip off.

Fortunately, the sky-diving instructor managed to grab her, and video of that eventually made her a video sensation.

Now, the Federal Aviation Administration is fining the instructor $2,200 in civil penalties for not properly securing Everett.

Everett, now 81, is simply grateful the instructor saved her life.

The instructor, from the Parachute Center at Lodi Airport, has 30 days to contest the fine or pay it. There was no immediate comment from the firm.


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