It started as a lifelong dream. Laverne Everett wanted to go skydiving.
But what happened next could have made her 80th birthday her last. As she fell through the air in a tandem skydive, Everett somehow slipped from her harness.
"I think I knew something was kind of not right but I didn't know you know it was as bad as it was, so to speak," she said.
As she dangled from the straps, she couldn't see a thing
"Cause my clothes was up over my face,” she said.
A videographer tries to get close enough to help the instructor, but as the pair tumbled, there is nothing anyone else can do
Everett is still hanging as they finally touch down.
One year after the fall, the video has gone viral. But the now 81-year-old Everett says she has no hard feelings.
"I'm not sorry I did it,” she said.
As for questions that the video appears to show her changing her mind about the jump and being pushed out of the plane, she says her knees had gone out right before she jumped
"He helped me. He gave me a little boost with his feet you know. I needed that. He knew how bad I wanted to do it,” she said.
The FAA is now looking into the incident and confirms it has proposed over $900,000 in unrelated fines for the Northern California Parachute Center in the past two years.
That case is still pending
Parachute Center owner Bill Dause would only say "No one got injured and the landing was fine."
The daring senior says she has no plans to sue.
"I signed a waiver and I respect that,” she said.
Besides, she’s too busy planning her next adventure
"I'll probably go in a race car. That's, I think maybe that's my next thing,” she said.