Rule change could make it harder for some people to go skydiving

Chickasha Skydiving accident plane

CHICKASHA, Okla. – After a 16-year-old girl was severely injured during a skydiving accident in Oklahoma, the U.S. Parachute Association is working to make sure that will never happen again.

Earlier this year, 16-year-old Makenzie Wethington was injured during a skydiving accident in Grady County.

The teen suffered a broken pelvis, a broken lumbar spine and other injuries in the 3,500 foot fall.

Incredibly, she is now on the road to recovery.

The teen had traveled with her parents to a center in Chickasha because the age limit to jump was 16-years-old, instead of Texas locations that require skydivers to be 18-years-old or older.

The governing body for skydiving in the United States has now raised the minimum age for skydivers to 18, which will go into effect May 1.

The move eliminates a provision, which allows younger divers to jump with a parent’s consent.