|Date||Location||Category||Age||# Jumps||AAD?/RSL?||Dropzone.com Report||Dropzone.com Discussion|
|22/07/2005||Skydive San Marcos, TX||MED?||72||3||Y/N||134||#1754788|
|DropZone.com Description: "Following an uneventful freefall, the student’s canopy was deployed at an altitude of approximately 6,200ft AGL and observed to open normally by the AFF instructors in attendance. The AFF instructors landed and attempted to communicate with the student via the radio provided, as is the normal practice on a level 2 jump. The student did not respond to the instructions provided and the canopy was seen to be flying away from the drop zone. When the canopy disappeared from view, the DZ’s Twin Otter airplane was sent up with one of the AFF instructors onboard and the student was located approximately 1 mile south of the DZ.
The emergency services, local police and FAA were immediately notified and an onsite inspection of the parachute equipment, radio and canopy did not reveal any signs of damage nor malfunction of any of the equipment. At this time the cause of death is unknown. "
|USPA Description: After an uneventful Category B freefall, this AFF student deployed his main canopy at approximately 6,200 feet. The student was initially observed flying the parachute toward the landing area. However, soon afterward, he did not respond to radio commands, and the parachute was observed flying downwind away from the drop zone. He disappeared from view of the radio personnel on the ground and landed downwind approximately a mile from the drop zone. He suffered fatal head and neck injuries.|
|USPA Conclusions:The main canopy was found with the brakes unstowed, which supports the witness accounts that the jumper initially steered the canopy after deployment. The reasons are unclear as to why he stopped controlling the canopy and did not respond to commands from the radio operator. Inspection of the skydiving and radio equipment showed no abnormalities, and all of the equipment was in working order. He presumably made the downwind landing in full flight without a landing flare, since he was observed to be unresponsive. The coroner’s report stated that the jumper died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries sustained in a parachuting accident but goes on to state, “The severity of his heart disease may have been a factor in his ability to participate in and control his descent.” Skydiving places significant physical and mental stress on participants. Each jumper should make sure he is capable of handling that stress and seek the advice of a medical professional regarding any questionable health conditions. Skydiver’s Information Manual Section 4-3 contains the USPA statement of medical fitness.|