On September 30 Robert Nieweg died after he made a parachute jump at airport Oostwold. Robert made a wing jump and had to do the reserve procedure. Robert made a hard landing under his reserve. The KLPD, aviation police and the Safety Committee of the KNVvL [dutch paracuting asociation] investigate the matter. The KNVvL wishes family and friends strength with this loss.
Oct 1, 2012, 9:36 AM
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Re: [normiss] Fatal accident - the Netherlands
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Even without metal rods as stiffeners in the wings, etc. any longer - and with the advancement of "wingsuit technology" *(reference the old, 1960's-'70's situation and resultant at the time "ban" of them) - Wingsuits and wingsuit jumping carry added risk that should not be taken lightly, and should be well considered by any jumper/skydiver looking to jump one.
Not that this had any factor at all in what happened specifically here (and hopefully more details will be forthcoming so that others may learn - BSBD )... but I do have some concern with my observation of some newbies I've encountered recently, who just think that it is "nothing" to just add / put on a wingsuit and go - like it is just any other skydive. The added risk(s) and considerations involved, should be taken seriously.
So sorry & saddened to hear of this, yet another it seems recently - wingsuit specific involved incident / tragedy. My thoughts, love & support go out to all those affected.
Oct 1, 2012, 11:41 AM
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Re: [Scrumpot] Fatal accident - the Netherlands
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As always with accidents, people close have other things on their mind at this time. So try and refrain from speculation and wait till more details are brought forth from people who have that information.
But to ease some minds. Robert was an experenced and current skydiver, he jumped a lot, and had already been flying wingsuit for a few years. He was jumping a suit that fits his experience level, and received good training for wingsuit flying several years ago from a Birdman Instructor who gives proper FFCs.
Whatever happened during the jump, and if the wingsuit was a factor will be revealed when the official accident investigation has finished. Please be patient till that time.