80-year-old woman's skydiving jump goes terribly wrong.

80-year-old woman's skydiving jump goes terribly wrong. (KTLA-TV)

LODI, Calif. (KTLA) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is fining an instructor $2,200 for not properly securing an elderly woman during a skydive in 2011.

Laverne Everett was crossing skydiving off her bucket list, jumping out of a plane flying thousands of feet over Northern California, when the unthinkable happened.

Part of her harness came undone, leaving her dangling in mid-air.

Laverne was able to grab onto her instructor and hang on for dear life.

"The upper harness came off, you know, it was slipped down," she explained in an interview with CBS13.

"I didn't know anything, only to hold on, that's all."

Laverne and her instructor both landed, unhurt.

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.