Friday Freakout: Skydiver Avoids Deadly Collision With Parachute In Freefall

Posted by Andrew R.

What happened

A 2-way “tracking” jump nearly ends in disaster when both jumpers lose sight of each other and fly through each other’s airspace on opening. The trailing skydiver narrowly misses the leader as he deploys, skimming the parachute by (what appears to be) inches. This is how accidents/fatalities happen!

How could it be prevented

  • Flying a more predictable pattern
  • Staying closer together throughout the jump
  • Getting proper separation at break-off

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