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Fatal accident - the Netherlands

 


Luck  (D License)

Oct 1, 2012, 5:33 AM
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http://nos.nl/artikel/424267-parachutist-komt-om-in-groningen.html

and

http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/960/Buitenland/article/detail/1509255/2012/10/01/Dood-Nederlandse-parachutist-is-tragisch-ongeluk.dhtml


BIGUN  (D 23385)

Oct 1, 2012, 5:38 AM
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Using Google Translate:


On Oostwold Airport in Groningen is a paratrooper killed. His parachute was open, but was not functioning properly. Therefore landed the man so hard that he did not survive the blow.

The 35-year-old man from Slochteren was part of a group of paratroopers. What exactly went wrong with the parachute is not clear.


Yorick  (D 108976)

Oct 1, 2012, 8:53 AM
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The official announcement from the dutch parachute association:

http://www.parachute.nl/..._ttnews[tt_news]=729

Translation:

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.


normiss  (D 28356)

Oct 1, 2012, 9:10 AM
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ANOTHER wingie???
Mad


Scrumpot  (D License)

Oct 1, 2012, 9:36 AM
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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 Frown)... 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.

BSBD,
-Grant


mccordia  (D 94775)

Oct 1, 2012, 11:41 AM
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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.



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