1 Matches (out of a total of 833 incidents)
  1. Date Location Category Age # Jumps AAD?/RSL? Dropzone.com Report Dropzone.com Discussion
    16/04/2005 Atlanta Skydiving Center, GA LOWT 51 150 Y/N 107 #1595403
    Description: The jumper performed a 270 degree riser turn and then held both risers down until impact. He may have become distracted by opposing traffic in the air, a photographer on the ground, or a foam obstacle.
    USPA Description: Two jumpers were landing simultaneously before the others on the load into a common landing area where a television camera operator was waiting to film a third jumper. In light and variable winds, one of the two chose a downwind final approach, while the other, jumping a canopy with a 2:1 wing loading, executed an aggressive front-riser turn that put him on a diving, upwind approach. They approached the photographer on opposite courses with approximately 50 feet of lateral separation. The photographer stood facing the jumper landing downwind, unaware of the jumper landing upwind. After making the aggressive turn to final, the jumper landing upwind failed to flare before landing, struck the ground with the canopy still in a dive, careened into the photographer from behind and then struck a foam noodle marking the entrance to a swoop course. The photographer received minor injuries, but the jumper died from his.
    USPA Conclusions:The jumper who was killed was described as an experienced high-performance canopy pilot who had received professional canopy coaching in the past. At this drop zone, the first jumper landing usually determines the landing direction for the entire plane load. With two jumpers landing at the same time in light and variable winds, this guideline often proves inadequate to get all jumpers landing in the same direction. When there is no wind or when wind conditions are light and variable, a reliable means of getting all jumpers to follow a common final approach must be established. According to witnesses, the jumper landing upwind never attempted to level off after the aggressive dive to final approach. Itís possible that he became distracted by the oncoming jumper and the camera operator. Every jumper, especially anyone who chooses to fly a high-performance canopy at a high wing loading, must be prepared to concentrate fully on the canopy flight from opening all the way through the landing. Itís unclear whether he was trying to enter the swoop course; however, Skydiverís Information Manual Section 6-10 advises that all practice performance activities take place in a landing area where other jumpers are not on approach and that canopy pilots descending into the practice landing area be alert for errant jumpers. All turns must be completed with enough altitude for the canopy to return to straight and level flight for the landing flare.
    Bryan McGuigan