Jun 10, 2012, 1:44 PM
Post #1 of 26
Wingsuit fatality Croatia, Vrbovec
A jumper died after wingsuit jump in Croatia. I found about it from the Facebook groups. Lady jumper J,S. 36 jears, about 700 jumps. According to the news/witnesses it was low pull or canopy malfunction... Link 1 Link 2
I wonder if she had an AAD (and if it was turned on).
Cypres and Vigil both activate when your fallrate is above 35 m/s. It is easy to fly a wingsuit in such way that your fallrate is below that. Although you'd have to be super distracted to fly a wingsuit into the ground and not get woken up by the ground rush but an AAD isn't guaranteed to save your ass when you're flying a wingsuit.
- it was a demo jump. - her jump was not planned at all. - she just show up that morning and said "I can make an extraoridnaryjump for the public". - she had 700 jumps and 500 base jumps. - organizers allowed her to jump based on ad hoc desision. - she got new wingsuit recently
Confirmed, it was jump with base rig, Vampire V4. I've heared that she decided to deploy low. She had a problem finding pilot chute in unfamiliar suit (it was in leg pouch). She deployed to low. This is what I have heared,..
(This post was edited by jerolim on Jun 11, 2012, 5:39 AM)
Demo jumps seem to be over-represented in fatalities over the years.
I'm assuming that jumpers get distracted with all the other stuff going on at a demo, and lose track of how long they're focusing on other things. Saving your own life is always the primary responsibility -- you mess up the demo far more by dying than you do by landing out, pulling too high for them to see, or not having smoke.
billvon (D 16479)
Jun 11, 2012, 8:49 AM
Post #10 of 26
This is the 3rd or 4th such incident in the last few years. One occurred a few years ago in the states with a fairly new wingsuit pilot out of a helicopter into a backyard demo. Demos, Wingsuits and BASE gear pushes people into situations that they might not have prepared for and there is no room for error with a low deployment.
Demos, Wingsuits and BASE gear pushes people into situations that they might not have prepared for and there is no room for error with a low deployment.
Ding ding ding! That's the way I see this incident. It was the combinatin of the new wingsuit, the decision to pull low, and the BASE rig which gave no reserve option. Change any one of those things, and it probably wouldn't have happened. If she had pulled higher, there would have been time to feel around and find the handle. If she had worn a skydiving rig, she could have gone to her reserve parachute instead of fumbling for the hackey handle. But combine all three of those things together, and there's neither the time nor the alternatives to save yourself when something goes wrong.
According to the article, it was a jump from a trike, exit altitude was 1200 m/approx. 4000 ft. She planned to open at 500m (1640 ft), but couldn't find handle, and her body position turned into a steep dive. When she finally pulled, it was too low, no time to inflate a canopy.
Article also says it was her 555th jump, and (I guess) the first one with her new WS (translation would be "she went to Vrbovec to try her new WS").
Question then for base jumping wingsuiters. Do you jump a new wingsuit with a skydiving rig first until you are comfortable with the deployments?
yes, even when I changed from V2 to V3 and from V3 to V4 I always did around 20 skydives first. then I went to a "save" spot like Brento or Kjerag where I did another 10 jumps with high pulls before I took the WS to more damanding spots.