|Description: The deceased had some sort of landing injury on this date, but passed away in hospital on 12/25/01. No further information is available.
|KNVvL Description: An experienced B-license holder with 1300 jumps and 15 years of jumping
experience made a flag jump for a year's end photo. The jump is
photographed by an experienced cameraman. For unknown reasons the two
drift too far from the DZ, necessitating landing out. The obvious
landing terrain is a large, obstacle free field, where the cameraman
lands without problems. The flag jumper at first seems to be making a
normal landing, but at a very low altitude he suddenly initiates another
turn. After a 180° turn he lands hard and downwind. This causes a life
threatening neck injury, from which he dies two and a half weeks later.
|KNVvL Conclusions:Never turn low. Furthermore, for experienced jumpers it is no less
recommendable to use gear and make jumps corresponding to the frequency
of their jumping. The jumper in case may have had a lot of experience,
but did not jumps very often any more.