Friday Freakout: Skydiver Swoops Into Barbed Wire Fence

Posted by Zej Moczydlowski

What happened

This swooper appears to have rolled out a teensy bit high… and slammed into the top of a barbed wire fence. Maybe it was “a weird wind,” but it looks like they flight cycled their canopy and came straight down. No bueno.

Why did it happen

Showing Off

This jumper looks like they may have been trying to swoop the spectators, and may have not quite had the skill level to ensure they were able to do so safely (just speculation, but worth mentioning as a potential factor in this incident).

Fixation

It looks like this person rolled out high and tried to go for it anyway, not realizing that going through their full flight cycle would leave them dropping like a brick. They were so dedicated to what they wanted to do that they lost perspective about whether it was feasible.

How could it be prevented

Abort! Abort! Abort!

When this jumper rolled out high they should have just given up the swoop and gone for a safe boring landing somewhere safer. (There was a big ole’ friendly field off to the side that they could have used as an alternative.)

Know Your Limitations

Swooping crowds, buildings, and objects in general can be pretty dangerous. There have been many notable incidents where both jumpers and spectators have been seriously injured from this type of attempt. Unless you’re a talented canopy pilot with considerable experience, you probably shouldn’t be messing around with this.

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