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dropzone.com: 12/2/2017 Fatality at Mid America Sport Parachute Club pisze:The skydive was a 5 way formation skydive from a Cessna 206. The other jumpers consisted of 3 very experienced jumpers, and the other jumper involved in the accident (Jumper 2) was recently licensed and had about 35-40 jumps.
Giles was wearing weight, as he often did because he fell slower than many jumpers, except on this jump he went low and was low much of the skydive, possibly because Jumper 2 may have gotten nervous and stiff, and fell slower than she usually did. Being low was a situation that Giles did not often experience.
Formation breakoff was at 4500 feet. One of the jumpers on the load said that he briefly saw Giles moving/tracking toward the other jumpers at breakoff rather than away from them, so it seems that he got confused about direction. Giles was known to have difficulty seeing behind him because of a stiff neck, not uncommon for someone his age. He was also known to prefer opening a bit higher than many skydivers. These things combined could have caused this accident.
Giles deployed and Jumper 2 struck Giles' canopy near the center of the canopy. Her body somehow tore off the pilot chute and bridle from his canopy. The pilot chute bridle went between her legs and was "friction-welded" to her jumpsuit, and stayed with her until removed after her entire canopy descent. She did not have broken bones, but her shoulder and hand were both injured. She said she had a concussion (no unconciousness). She worked her way through the pain in her hand and landed normally. She does not remember striking Giles' body but remembers his canopy's lines around her neck temporarily, and then being thrown free.
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