TODAY | May 27, 2012
>>> it's one of the latest videos to go viral and it's enough to want to make you cringe. an 80-year-old's attempt at sky diving that goes terribly wrong. at times, she's actually seen hanging upside down while falling out of a harness. and it seemed watching this uncertain how things will end. nbc 's kristen dahlgren caught up with the dangling daredevil.
>> reporter: it started as a lifelong dream.
>> is this something you always wanted to do?
>> for years.
>> reporter: laverne everett wanted to go sky diving .
>> whose idea was all this?
>> what's the reason?
>> i just turned 80.
>> reporter: but what happened next could have made that 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 it was as bad as it was, so to speak.
>> reporter: as she dangled from the straps, the 80-year-old couldn't see a thing.
>> because my clothes was up over my face.
>> reporter: the 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.
>> hold on.
>> oh, my god!
>> reporter: 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.
>> reporter: as for questions if the video appears to show her changing her mind about the jump and being pushed out of the plane, she says her knees went out right before she jumped.
>> he helped me. he gave me a little boost with his feet. i needed that. he knew how bad i wanted to do it.
>> reporter: the faa is now looking into the incident and confirms it has proposed over $900,000 in unrelated fines for the northern california par chus center in the last two years. those cases are still pending. nbc news reached out to parachute center owner bill dowd, who would only say about everett 's jump, no one got injured and the landing was fine. as for the daring senior, she says she has no plans to sue.
>> i signed a waiver and i respect that.
>> reporter: besides, she's too busy planning her next adventure.
>> probably go in a race car. i think maybe that's my next thing.
>> reporter: hopefully, buckled up a little tighter this time. for "today," kristen dahlgren, nbc news, los angeles .