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Probe: Parachute OK in teen's skydiving accident

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DALLAS (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says the parachute worn by a 16-year-old first-time skydiver who plummeted 3,000 feet to the ground was in good working condition.

Makenzie Wethington of Joshua, Texas, broke several ribs and damaged her liver and kidney, when her parachute apparently malfunctioned in Oklahoma in January.

FAA inspector Michael Kout said in a report released Monday that an outside inspector found no discrepancies with Wethington's parachute.

Kout says Wethington panicked when a skydiving instructor tried to help her steer to safety via radio. Wethington has said she believed she blacked out during the descent.

KRLD-AM in Dallas first reported the results of the investigation.

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