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http://www.wnbc.com/.../2228933/detail.html

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West Point Cadet Injured In Skydiving Accident

POSTED: 9:01 a.m. EDT May 27, 2003

GARDINER, N.Y. -- A cadet from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point was recovering Monday from injuries he sustained in a weekend skydiving accident, authorities said.

Preston Sparks, 21, parachuted from an airplane Sunday but could not land properly because of strong winds, according to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. He landed at a ranch, 70 miles north of New York City.

Sparks was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where he underwent surgery Sunday night. Police said the man suffered severe head, arm and leg injuries and also injured his hip.


Police did not release any more details of the accident, but said it was not linked to a military training activity.


ranchhand28  (D 32821)

May 27, 2003, 1:43 PM
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Just for clarification purposes, the article posted on nbc was totally wrong.
Preston did suffer a serious accident, but there was no skydiving involved.
Due to bad weather and plain boredom, some skydivers decided to launch parachutes off the back of a pick-up truck connected by a 50ft rope to a base gear equiped with a 200ft canopy.
Preston was the first one to go. I saw him graduate AFF at skydive AZ over a year ago. He is a low-timer, but a very active skydiver. His first ascent attempt was a little weird. It seemed his canopy started surging to the left. He cut it away from the rope right away, but still build up enough speed to land pretty hard.
I was watching it all from the Great Hall at the Ranch. Launching was happening from the end of the runaway.
After his first hard landing, Preston went right back up, but this time his canopy started turning radically to the left at about 50ft (the extension of the rope), and it seemed that he was having trouble cuting the rope away.
It seemed to me that as he was trying to cut away, he might have not noticed his canopy building up incredible speed, turning 180 and driving him straight to the ground. He released the rope seconds before impact.
He was conscious and in pain when the paramedics came. Apparently no oxygen needed to be administered. Soon after Preston was airlifted to the westchester medical center. The latest information we received late on saturday was that he had broken a femur, severe and multiple pelvis fractures, some chest and head injury.
It wasn't a pretty thing to watch, and we can only hope he will be alright.
Blue ones,
Thereza


Scrumpot  (D License)

May 27, 2003, 1:49 PM
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...because of strong winds, according to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. He landed at a ranch, 70 miles north of New York City.

Wow, that's one heck of a getting blown off course! Wink

I just love the mainstream media! Crazy


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>I just love the mainstream media!

The dropzone in Gardiner is referred to as the ranch.


cgross

May 27, 2003, 2:51 PM
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I would agree with most of what you wrote, but I too witnessed this from the great hall. I was amazed he lived, but glad to see he has.

What scared me was the fact that more than 90 minutes passed from impact untill the time the medivac lifted him out of there. I can't say I know the reasons why, and maybe his injuries did not warrent it, but that in my opinion was too long. So much for the "Golden Hour"

Chris


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May 27, 2003, 3:02 PM
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I have seen people attempt this on a runway. One of the jumpers landed twice non-critically, and then they quit before the DZO could get out there to stop it. These are adults doing this. But then, we skydive.


(This post was edited by dreamsville on May 27, 2003, 3:02 PM)


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May 27, 2003, 3:19 PM
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The dropzone in Gardiner is referred to as the ranch.

I know that Bill, I was merely quipping about how, based solely on the text, a mainstream whuffo could almost read from this mainstream media copy that the jumpers "target" was NYC, but instead they ended up landing on A Ranch 70 miles to the north! Tongue

I know, I know though ...probably not appropriate to be "quipping" in the incidents forum in the 1st place. My bad.


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Well, you're half-way right. It's a poorly written sentence, but in no way indicates that NYC was the intended landing area. It merely gives a location that is imprecise and a bit confusing.


dreamsville  (D 25528)

May 27, 2003, 3:26 PM
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I also had the impression that some might interpret the clipping that way. The Ranch or the location in question has no significance to most people.
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winsor  (D 13715)

May 28, 2003, 3:00 PM
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In reply to:
Just for clarification purposes, the article posted on nbc was totally wrong.
Preston did suffer a serious accident, but there was no skydiving involved.
Due to bad weather and plain boredom, some skydivers decided to launch parachutes off the back of a pick-up truck connected by a 50ft rope to a base gear equiped with a 200ft canopy.
Preston was the first one to go. I saw him
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For the record, if you want to parasail with skydiving gear, get ahold of a steerable round of some description. A Para Commander class canopy (which was derived from a parasail) is ideal, since the steering lines control vents, and are independent of the suspended load. A 7-TU or whatever will work, but the more tension is on the rope, the more effort it takes to steer.

Ramairs have a bad habit of swiveling 180 and smacking you into the ground. Once the equipment used was stated, I could pretty much fill in the rest of the story.

I hope he's okay, since the military needs officers with the kind of sense of humor he displayed.


Blue skies,

Winsor


airbath  (D License)

May 28, 2003, 3:17 PM
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We used to do stupid human tricks with P.C's in the 70's till a girl found out the hard way that P.C's will also turn 180 on you and drive you in to the ground.
I'm sure she would trade her wheelchair for walking today if she could. bad juju IMHO


CDRINF  (D 15996)

May 28, 2003, 3:40 PM
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Having graduated from that same institution on the Hudson River I can vouch for the fact that there is no end to the creative/destructive ideas that bored cadets can come up with, and skydivers are much the same way when there is no jumping to be had. Now, combine the two.......

Sometimes I think it's a wonder I survived those 4 years without getting killed or kicked out.

CDR


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http://www.wnbc.com/.../2233470/detail.html

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West Point Cadet Used Truck, Not Plane, When Injured

POSTED: 4:30 p.m. EDT May 28, 2003

GARDINER, N.Y. -- A West Point cadet who was seriously injured while parachuting was being pulled by a truck, authorities said.

Preston Sparks, 21, was upgraded to stable condition Tuesday at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, according to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. That department first reported that Sunday's accident resulted from skydiving, according to Capt. Harry Van Vliet.

"We're learning that it was a para-ascending accident," Van Vliet told the Times Herald-Record of Middletown.


"It was definitely not a skydiving accident," said Bill Richards, a partner in the company that owns Gardiner Airport, where the accident happened. "There were no jumps made in Gardiner this weekend."

Planes were grounded by clouds and rain. Often, when that happens, "Somebody says, 'Hey, why don't we get out the ascender?"' said Kim Emerson, president of The Ranch, the parachuting club that leases the airport.

On Sunday, Sparks, a club member, hoped to do some organized, group skydiving with friends. Instead, they participated in para-ascending, the paper reported.

Emerson said Sparks was strapped into a parachute, tethered to a 300-foot cable and pulled aloft by a truck speeding down the airport's runway.

"This was basically a backyard shenanigans that went bad," Emerson said.

Sparks ran into trouble on his second go, crashing into a grassy area, Emerson said.

A West Point spokesman said Sparks was in Gardiner, about 70 miles north of New York City, on a pass.


Trevor  (D 23710)

May 29, 2003, 2:22 PM
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You holiday boogie veterans may remember Preston from the Bent Prop, etc when he was at Eloy competing in the collegiate nationals. It is a shame that it took so long to medivac him- it may be that the weather that was keeping the otters on the ground was slowing the helo as well. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

-Trevor


Sentryforc  (C License)

Sep 22, 2003, 1:07 PM
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Cool

So true . . .

Preston (now walking again)


scotts  (D 26696)

Sep 23, 2003, 3:28 AM
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Preston, glad to hear you're doing better. Could you post an update on "The Ranch" website. Thanks.

Kentucky



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