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Fatality - Low turn- Rolla,MO - 24 October 2009

 


skybeergodd

Oct 24, 2009, 6:53 PM
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A video flyer made a low turn today at Adrenaline Air Play Drop zone. It's located near Rolla ,MO.
It seems clear this was simply a mistake in judegement that ended with a tradgic result. He was a soldier from a local army base and was an experienced jumper. It was reported to me around 200 to 300 jumps but that is speculation and unconfirmed as of right now......The gear he was using is unknown right now.
Name is being withheld until proper notifications have been made.
I will release info as it is available to me...
Sad day...we lost another jumper and a proud soldier.


(This post was edited by PhreeZone on Oct 28, 2009, 4:52 PM)








doug  (D 17070)

Oct 25, 2009, 8:44 AM
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Closer to 475-480 jumps, Wings container, Stiletto 150




NiteQwill  (C 39978)

Oct 25, 2009, 9:48 AM
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Was there any reason for the low turn? Obstacle avoidance? Swooping? Or just bad judgement?


doug  (D 17070)

Oct 25, 2009, 11:16 AM
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I think it can be attributed to mis-judgement




councilman24  (D 8631)

Oct 26, 2009, 6:35 AM
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Interesting the article linked to above uses the phrase "fatally wounded" instead of "fatally injured". Slip of the keyboard in a military town? I've never seen wounded applied to a skydiving accident.

My condolences.


doug  (D 17070)

Oct 27, 2009, 6:25 AM
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The error this great guy made is one we read about all the time, please be safe.

This was a really good guy with a great wife and 2 beautiful kids. I have been doing this a long time (17 yrs.) and hoped I would never have to be in this position. Over the years I have had a few run-ins with skydivers for being too controlling. I had one recently (with all of around 40 jumps) complain about me in the DZ section. She said I told her "I have never had an ambulance on my DZ ". I was concerned about a jump that she was wanting get on so she give me a bad review. I guess I can still can say that because it was the coroner that came out not the ambulance.


Premier Remster  (C License)

Oct 27, 2009, 7:58 AM
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Doug: was it a low turn that was intended to be a high speed landing approach, or was it a turn that was simply too low?


doug  (D 17070)

Oct 27, 2009, 9:55 AM
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Low turn, trying to get into the wind (8-10 mph). He really wasn't a swooper never turned more than 90s base to final.
He jumped a wings container with a Stiletto 150 wing loading around 1.2


Premier Remster  (C License)

Oct 27, 2009, 9:57 AM
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Were there obstacles that prevented him from turning earlier? Sounds like a bad case of get-back-itis...



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