Re: [skypuppy] Mike Steele, Golden Knight 71-73 seeking info
Here is a rough copy (iPhone photo) of the SKYDIVING article on Mike's fatal accident. If it isnt legible I'll do a scan later in the week and post it.
I went to high school with Mike at Sequoia HS in Redwood City CA.
Who was the student?
Who was the "other experienced jumper"?
What was the "harness hold" training protocol? Was it like AFF?
Does anyone know if the student had an AAD? Sentinel 2000s were in use at that time.
Would Mike have been right next to the student at deployment time? Would Mike have fallen below the student if the student had a high speed malfunction? I am trying to figure out relative vertical positions during the emergency.
Any idea why after saving the student Mike went for his main rather than reserve at such a low altitude?
Was this a bandit training operation? I lived near Fremont at the time and never heard of any jumping there, just small plane and glider flying.
The article says Mike was expelled from the USPA over some El Capitan jumping.
Whatever happened, Mike was a hero. He died saving a student in trouble. It doesn't get more heroic than that in my book. It's the same kind of bravery and sacrifice that gets a Medal of Honor in combat.
(This post was edited by 377 on Feb 2, 2010, 10:48 AM)