Skydiver Avoids Deadly Collision With Parachute In Freefall

Andrew ReveszBy Andrew Revesz

A 2-way “tracking” jump nearly ends in disaster when both jumpers lose sight of each other and fly through each others 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, which could’ve been avoided by flying a more predictable pattern, staying closer together throughout the jump and getting proper separation at break-off.