10 Matches (out of a total of 833 incidents)
  1. Date Location Category Age # Jumps AAD?/RSL? Dropzone.com Report Dropzone.com Discussion
    10/5/1996 Portage, WI MAL? 34 1 N/N    
    Description: Apparently, there was a main malfunction, she was instructed by radio to cutaway, and the reserve did not deploy. She cutaway low, there was no RSL/AAD, Also, her main and helmet were found across the street in a tree. The plastic SOS handle broke. Only one reserve pin was dislodged.
    Lessons:Not enough info to go on, but I'm personally of the opinion you shouldn't tell someone to cutaway when on radio. They need to act on their own recognition. Plus, they may figure out what you mean only when landing that line over would have been a better plan than cutting away at 200ft. This skydive was made without an AAD or an RSL. This is against the USPA Basic Safety Regulations. You should be extremely wary of making a student skydive without an AAD or an RSL. This was the Azure Skydiving Club, so you can carefully consider where to go (or not) skydiving in WI. It should also be noted that plastic handles have been unused in the mainstream for years, for reasons which should at this point be quite obvious.
  2. Date Location Category Age # Jumps AAD?/RSL? Dropzone.com Report Dropzone.com Discussion
    4/13/1997 Superior, WI MAL 45 26 ?/N    
    Description: On the deceased first jump of the year with new gear, either the pilot chute or lines from his main parachute wrapped around his arm during deployment. The reserve was deployed at treetop level, too low for inflation. It is not known if he switched from/to ROL/BOC/Ripcord on this jump, or if he had been jumping similar gear previously. The following was written by a jumper who was on the load - I have made only minor edits. The facts are he Bob had 26 jumps and indicated before the dive that he had just jumped in Chicago. The dive was not a relative work three way as had been reported. We were testing a new camera on the dz so the cameraman left first and t hen the three of us free flew the exit and laid in a line to geek for the camera. At 4000, the deceased waved the dive off as planned. It was also planned that the deceased would dump in place after the wave off and as I turned to track I saw him reach and pull his pilot chute out of its pouch. Prior to boarding, the exit was practiced and the dive was discussed and agreed upon.
    Lessons:New gear, uncurrent, inexperienced. Multiplicative risk factors again... I wonder if he had made a jump in the last 30 days? He should have been doing a clear and pull, a static line, or perhaps an AFF Level IV -- not a 3 way with video. Currency rules exist for a reason…
  3. Date Location Category Age # Jumps AAD?/RSL? Dropzone.com Report Dropzone.com Discussion
    7/4/1998 LaCrosse, WI MAL,EXC 39 850 N/N    
    Description: The deceased was last (of 3) out of a Westwind beech, jumping into a Fourth of July Celibration. During exit, her container inadvertantly opened, casuing her canopy and lines to taknle with a foot-mounted pyrotechnic bracket. She landed this malfunction without pulling main pilot chute, cutaway or reserve. It is not known if she was concious after exit. It was discovered during investigations that there was a latch protruding from the door frame, which may have both caused a tear in the main flap of her rig, and caused the pin to be extracted prematurely. Another jumper at this DZ was found with similar damage to his rig, presumably form the same latch.
    Lessons:A demo is not your everyday skydive. Adding extra equipment, and jumping a night is an additional risk. Be very aware of your aircraft and look for sharp edges and protuberences which might catch or damage your gear.
  4. Date Location Category Age # Jumps AAD?/RSL? Dropzone.com Report Dropzone.com Discussion
    10/1/2000 Superior, WI CCOL 46 200 ?/?    
    Description: Little information available. It appears this jumper collided with another jumper, and then landed unconcious, without any flare. He passed away 5 days later in the hospital.
    Lessons:More information apprecaited.
    USPA Description: After a 4-way group freefall, this jumper collided with another jumper immediately after opening. The main canopies briefly entangled but separated. He was then seen under his main canopy hanging limp in the harness until landing. He was taken to a hospital and removed from life support five days later. He died soon afterward.
    USPA Conclusions:It was reported that this jumper had experienced a hard opening on the same canopy during the previous skydive. He may have been concentrating more on his opening and less on tracking far enough after breakoff following the group activities.

    It is important that every skydive include a plan for breakoff and canopy descent, regardless of the number of people in the group. Each jumper needs adequate clearance from other jumpers during deployment to allow for an off-heading opening or other problem. This becomes more important with faster-flying canopies.

  5. Date Location Category Age # Jumps AAD?/RSL? Dropzone.com Report Dropzone.com Discussion
    6/15/2002 Sky Knights, WI NOP 31 33 Y/?   #167260
    DropZone.com Description:
    USPA Description: This jumper was making a 2-way sit-fly jump and was observed by the other jumper at 3,000 feet to be in a stable belly-to-earth position while reaching for his bottom-of-container throw-out pilot chute. Neither parachute was deployed before he reached the ground
    USPA Conclusions:The main pilot chute was found partially in the BOC pouch. The cutaway and reserve ripcord handles were both in place, and the reserve parachute was still in the freebag but a few feet out of the container. Investigators believe the reserve container was forced open on impact.
    The rig was equipped with an AAD, but according to the report, it is not know whether it was turned on before the jump. The AAD was sent to the manufacturer for investigation. It was not reported whether or not the main pilot chute was difficult to extract. The jumper may have been trying to deal with a hard pull and lost track of altitude.
    Jumpers should practice emrgency procedures often and be prepared on every jump to use them. Altitude awareness is critical on every skydive, especially when the jumper encounters a problem that may distract him.
    Section 4 of the 2003 Skydiver's Information Manual recommends making two attempts to deploy the main parachute (altitude permitting) and, if unsuccessful, deploying the reserve.
  6. Date Location Category Age # Jumps AAD?/RSL? Dropzone.com Report Dropzone.com Discussion
    6/5/2005 Sky Knights, WI MAL 33 130 N/N 115 #1678712
    Description: The deceased had a line-over malfunction and cutaway, but didn't deploy the reserve in time for it to fully inflate.
    USPA Description: After an uneventful group skydive, this jumper deployed her main canopy at an altitude witnesses estimated between 2,500 and 3,000 feet. A lineover malfunction caused the canopy to spin as soon as it inflated. Witnesses on the ground observed the canopy to spin for four or five revolutions before the jumper released the main canopy at an altitude estimated between 1,500 and 2,000 feet. After tumbling for an estimated 500 feet, she regained stability, continuing in freefall without deploying the reserve parachute. She eventually deployed the reserve just before striking the ground, but the reserve parachute was still in its freebag with one line stow remaining. She died instantly.
    USPA Conclusions:Witnesses on the ground observed this jumper struggling to locate her reserve ripcord after releasing her main canopy. Spinning malfunctions often create violent and disorienting situations, making it difficult to locate the cutaway and reserve ripcord handles. It may sometimes be difficult to see both emergency handles, depending on harness fit or obstructions from the jumpsuit or other equipment. Skydiver’s Information Manual Section 4 recommends that jumpers locate each handle before initiating emergency procedures. The jumper’s container was not equipped with a reserve static line or an automatic activation device. Use of an RSL can help ensure that the reserve canopy deploys immediately after a cutaway. SIM Section 5-3 recommends the use of an RSL for all experienced jumpers, with exceptions for special situations. Depending on the model of AAD and the altitude of the cutaway, a functioning AAD could have activated the reserve parachute with enough altitude to allow it to fully inflate. Both AADs and RSLs should be considered only as back-up devices, and jumpers should use proper emergency procedures to ensure a reserve parachute is deployed after releasing a malfunctioned main parachute. All skydivers should regularly practice emergency procedures on the ground so they can take correct action during a real emergency.
  7. Date Location Category Age # Jumps AAD?/RSL? Dropzone.com Report Dropzone.com Discussion
    9/30/2005 Sky Knight SPC, WI MAL,NOP 58 358 N/N 163 #1856608
    DropZone.com Description: Jumper was filming a 5 way RW jump and on deployment the pilot chute when between the gap in the camera wing and his body. He then tried to use his hook knife to cut the trailing PC. He died when he failed to get a canopy out.
    USPA Description: This jumper was videoing a 4-way group skydive and attempted to deploy his main canopy as the group broke off. The breakoff altitude was not reported. He pulled his rear-of-leg-mounted pilot chute through the gap in his camera wing, which resulted in an entanglement and a pilot-chute-in-tow malfunction. Witnesses observed him to roll over onto his back at this point and then return belly to earth. During this time, he grabbed his main pilot chute bridle and cut it with his hook knife. At some point, he pulled his cutaway handle. The main parachute never opened, and the jumper struck the ground without deploying his reserve.
    USPA Conclusions:As with most skydiving fatalities, a chain of events ultimately led to a fatal outcome. Break any of the links in the chain, and the results may have changed. This jumper was using a container with a leg-strap-mounted pilot chute pouch. Some camera suits, such as this one, include a gap near the hip that is large enough to reach through from the front and grab the pilot chute. In this case, pulling the pilot chute through this gap resulted in a horseshoe malfunction, with the pilot chute trapped by the wing of the jumpsuit, the main container open and the deployment bag still inside. Skydiver’s Information Manual Section 6-8 recommends that skydivers using camera wingsuits have deployment systems that are compatible with the suit. The rear-of-leg deployment system may not be the best to use with this kind of suit. A bottom-of-container-mounted pilot chute is safer for this type of wingsuit, since the jumper is less likely to reach through the gap in the wingsuit while pulling the pilot chute. Once this jumper realized the pilot chute was trapped, he used valuable altitude cutting the bridle with his hook knife. He cut the bridle just above the main canopy deployment bag, which freed the bridle from his jumpsuit but left the main bag with nothing to pull it off his back. At some point, he pulled the cutaway handle, but he apparently ran out of altitude before he could locate and pull his reserve ripcord. An automatic activation device may have changed the outcome of this incident. Additional equipment such as cameras and camera wingsuits adds complications to skydiving. All jumpers need thorough preparation and a solid foundation of skills before attempting to use any extra equipment. Skydiver’s Information Manual Section 6-8 provides information and guidance for videographers. Thorough preparation and practice of emergency procedures are necessary for all skydivers and even more so for those using extra equipment that may change or add to existing emergency procedures.
  8. Date Location Category Age # Jumps AAD?/RSL? Dropzone.com Report Dropzone.com Discussion
    8/20/2006 WI NOP 42 378 N/Y 211 #2392901
    Description: Jumper was doing a demo.
    Lessons:A demo is one of the most dangerous type of skydive you can do. The currency rules for demos are for very good reasons and it is unlikely this jumper was current enough given his number of jumps and time in the sport.
  9. Date Location Category Age # Jumps AAD?/RSL? Dropzone.com Report Dropzone.com Discussion
    5/10/2007 Midwest Skydive, WI LOWT 45 500 N/N 276 #2804438
    DropZone.com Description: Jumper appears to have made a low turn to land in the predeclared landing direction on a day with light and variable winds. The actual wind at landing was coming from a different direction then the declared direction.
    USPA Description: After an uneventful solo freefall and initial canopy descent, this jumper initiated a low turn under canopy and struck the ground hard while still in a diving turn. First responders found him lying on his side, unconscious but still breathing. He received immediate first aid and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. As a result of the hard landing, he suffered multiple broken bones, internal injuries and head trauma. Due to the extent of his injuries, he was airlifted to a second hospital, where he died several hours after he arrived.
    USPA Conclusions:

    A witness under canopy above this jumper observed him turn approximately 180 degrees before he struck the ground. Investigators believe he initiated the turn at an extremely low altitude, although there were no witnesses in a position to accurately gauge the altitude.

    Since there was no wind when this jumper's load took off, all seven skydivers on the plane agreed to land facing west unless the wind picked up from a different direction. A few minutes after they were under canopy, the wind increased slightly to a few miles per hour from the southeast. This jumper initially faced into the new wind direction during his landing approach but turned toward the northwest right before he struck the ground. He may have planned his final approach to land facing into the wind but changed his mind at the last minute in an attempt to face the direction initially agreed upon. There were no obstacles in the immediate area that should have influenced his decision about the landing direction.

    The report described this jumper as a conservative canopy pilot who was not known to have attended any structured canopy training course or to have ever worked with a more experienced canopy pilot on canopy skills. The evidence seems to indicate this was a case of a turn initiated too low in an attempt to land in the agreed-upon direction; however, it is difficult to come to determine the reason for the jumper's final turn at such a low altitude.

    Light, shifting winds can lead to jumpers on the same load landing in different directions as each jumper chases the wind sock or streamer when it changes direction. Wind speeds of just a few miles per hour will not greatly affect the landing flare, and it is almost always safer for jumpers on the same load to fly the same canopy pattern than for them to use a variety of approaches while attempting to follow a shifting wind sock. Smaller flags and wind streamers easily change direction with the slightest breeze, which can lead to confusion for jumpers under canopy trying to determine a wind orientation for their final approach and landing. A large tetrahedron can help establish a landing direction for all wind conditions, as it is unaffected by light winds and will stay pointing in one direction unless the wind speed increases beyond three or four miles per hour from another bearing.

    Many structured canopy courses include discussions on a large variety of landing conditions, including traffic management in variable winds; course training exercises typically include at least one crosswind landing in a controlled environment as well. Skydiver's Information Manual Sections 6-10 and 6-11 include information and practice exercises that can help jumpers learn more about canopy flight through any course led by an experienced canopy coach.

    Regardless of wind direction or speed, it is safer to land a parachute that is flying straight with the wing level than it is to initiate a low turn to attempt to land into the wind. Ultimately, all turns must be completed with enough altitude for the canopy to return to straight and level flight for the landing flare.

  10. Date Location Category Age # Jumps AAD?/RSL? Dropzone.com Report Dropzone.com Discussion
    9/20/2008 Sky Knights, WI NOP,MED? 53 5000 N/? 381 #3339612
    Description: The deceased was visiting the dropzone having brought along a tandem student, which he followed out. The tandem instructor said he appeared to have some kind of problem in freefall, was disorientated and tracked off early, disappearing out of sight. A civilian witness claims no parachute was visible. Police were first on the scene, sealing it off so no experts were able to examine it or the equipment.