|Date||Location||Category||Age||# Jumps||AAD?/RSL?||Dropzone.com Report||Dropzone.com Discussion|
|11/09/2005||Skydive Monroe, GA||NOP||73||6500||N/||144||#1824065|
|DropZone.com Description: "Jumper dropped grip on his pull out pilotchute handle after peeling it off the velco. Emergency procedures were late to be executed and the cutaway handle was found less then 100 the body. Jumper impacted with no canopies deployed.
The tall trees that the jumper impacted in appears to have snagged the main and pulled it out of the container and the forces from the terminal impact deployed the reserve.
Jumper was not jumping truely modern gear, but the pull out design is the same that many jumpers use.
Jumper had a stroke a few years back and was reported to have cognitive and short term memory loss due to this. Jumper had been grounded before jumping at several DZ's in the recent past."
|Description: Toward the end of an uneventful 2-way freefall skydive, this jumper received an altitude signal from his freefall partner, who pointed at his own altimeter at 4,500 feet. This jumper then placed his hand on his main ripcord handle but did not deploy his main parachute. He died instantly on impact with neither the main nor reserve parachute deployed.|
|Conclusions:Investigators found the jumperís main cutaway handle approximately 1,000 feet from his body. The main and reserve ripcord handles were both in place. The main and reserve containers had opened as a result of the impact. The jumper may have experienced a hard pull on his main ripcord or simply have been confused at pull time, but for whatever reason, he never pulled either his main or reserve ripcord. He was not wearing an altimeter of any type. He had recently returned to jumping after suffering a stroke many years ago. The report did not indicate whether the drop zone knew of his medical condition or whether he had completed the USPA medical statement included in most drop zone waivers. At least one other DZ had previously turned him away when he could not demonstrate satisfactory emergency procedures. Those who jump with known medical conditions endanger not only themselves, but others in the air with them, as well as those on the ground. All jumpers need to practice emergency procedures frequently, especially after a long layoff. If a jumper cannot deploy his main parachute for any reason, he must immediately go to the reserve. An automatic activation device may have changed the outcome of this incident.|