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airdrew20012001  (D 24834)

Sep 30, 2002, 12:53 PM
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I didn't see the opening portion but a lower jump numbered akydiver had the pilot chute tangled in the right side line set causing the slider to be stuck about 2/3 of the way up. When the skydiver in question tried to flare she dropped out of the sky and bounced hard on her tail bone. She was able to walk from the landing area and meet the ambulance over by the hanger. From the ground it looked like she was under canopy at least by 1600 feet or so, kinda low to chop. For all I know she was under canpoy higher than that. One would assume a control check, if performed, would have revealed the canopy to be unlandable without incident.


narcimund  (C License)

Sep 30, 2002, 1:14 PM
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Was this in Eugene, Oregon?


airdrew20012001  (D 24834)

Sep 30, 2002, 1:31 PM
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Yup. By the way, I did two skydives on saturday, the second one being a four way vid of Cory, Whit, Murph, and Alaska Jim. Was cool. Where were you and yer partner in crime this weeked? Saturday was bad ass - sunny, warm, 8 to 12 mph wind out of the north.


narcimund  (C License)

Sep 30, 2002, 2:26 PM
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<private convo moved to pm>


TALONSKY  (D License)

Sep 30, 2002, 2:44 PM
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Congrates Drew !!!
I am glad to hear your back in the air.
Blue Skies
Kirk


Gravitymaster  (D License)

Sep 30, 2002, 9:12 PM
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From the ground it looked like she was under canopy at least by 1600 feet or so, kinda low to chop.

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1600' isn't too low to chop. It is in fact the minimum altitude USPA recommends you initiate a chop. Most experienced skydiver would initiate a chop as low as 1000'.


nacmacfeegle  (D 11004)

Oct 1, 2002, 5:03 AM
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My thoughts too GM....


freeflir29  (D 10000000)

Oct 1, 2002, 7:00 PM
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Most experienced skydiver would initiate a chop as low as 1000'

That's my hard deck for a low speed mal.


airdrew20012001  (D 24834)

Oct 2, 2002, 2:03 PM
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1600' isn't too low to chop.

I didn't say it was too low to chop just that it was kinda low to chop. Personally, I would be more comfortable making the decision by 2000 and YES I know the USPA says 1000 is the action floor.



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