1 Matches (out of a total of 833 incidents)
  1. Date Location Category Age # Jumps AAD?/RSL? Dropzone.com Report Dropzone.com Discussion
    14/02/2005 Pacific Skydivin g Center, HI LOWT 51 4300 N/N 97 #1483425
    Description: This experienced skydiver and tandem instructor was jumping a parachute that was slightly smaller than the one he was used to. He had been filming a tandem which was uneventful. He initiated his turn for landing too low and impacted hard enough to leave him in an extremely critical condition. The DZO described conditions as very windy (in a location already known for its winds). He died from his injuries in hospital two weeks later.
    USPA Description: After an uneventful freefall and initial canopy descent, this jumper initiated a hard turn at a low altitude. He struck the ground while still in a steep, diving turn. He was airlifted to a hospital, where he died two weeks later.
    USPA Conclusions:This jumper was using borrowed equipment with a cross-braced canopy at a wing loading of 2.3:1. His previous canopy experience was not reported, except that his own main canopy was also a cross-braced design from a different manufacturer and three square feet larger. There were no reported obstacles or other factors that may have distracted this jumper during his landing. Winds were reported at ten to 15 mph at the time of his landing. Jumpers who choose to fly these specialized parachutes at such high wing loadings must do so with extreme caution. The forward speeds and descent rates generated at this wing loading require focused concentration from deployment through landing. Canopy training with a professional canopy coach is encouraged for all jumpers, especially for those who choose to make high-performance landings. Ultimately, all turns must be completed with enough altitude for the canopy to return to straight and level flight for the landing flare.
    Bill Parson