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alnorth
03-04-2005, 10:09 AM
Double Malfunction (http://www.amador.org/videos/Chris%20Double-Malfunction%2015Jan05.wmv)

This one is good too:

Missing Ripcord (http://manifestmaster.com/video/floating_ripcord.wmv)

"You owe me a beer." ROFL

Count Alex's Losses
03-04-2005, 10:22 AM
Shit! Shit! ****! Shit! ROFL

alnorth
03-04-2005, 11:31 AM
Discussion about first video (http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=1450735;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;guest=11030888)

Found an interesting post on a skydiver website from a guy who was on the scene of that first video. Kind of interesting to hear all these pro skydivers discuss what happened, and arm-chair quarterbacking what he could have done better. Definitely helps to explain what we're seeing in the first video a bit better. The second one is probably self-explanatory.

Hydrae
03-04-2005, 12:24 PM
My wife gave me a certificate for a tandem jump for Christmas that I am hoping to use next month. Thanks for the encouragement. :rolleyes:

KILLER_CLOWN
03-04-2005, 12:28 PM
All I can think of is SPLAT! That's the 1st and only word to come to mind.

alnorth
03-04-2005, 12:31 PM
To balance out the doom and gloom from the videos, keep in mind that in the United States alone, there were about 2 million jumps in 2004. Out of that 2 million in the US + millions more around the world, 68 people died. (23 in North America, 31 in Europe, the rest in other odd parts of the world) Very few of those 68 people are beginner students, because they are required to have the safest most forgiving parachutes. Not only that, but if for some reason a student doesnt pull the ripcord, all beginners in the US are required to jump with an electronic device that measures altitude and speed, pulling the chute for you if it thinks you are F'ing up. (That, and students are still half scared to death and will not take any risks at all when their ass is on the line, as opposed to cocky veterans who think they are superman)

Most injuries and fatalities are from highly experienced divers who forget all their safety training and try rediculously risky stunts, or they experience a problem with their main parachute and refuse to cut away from it to deploy their backup, thinking they can just fix it in mid-air. When they realize they cant, they are too low.

That said though, skydiving isnt bowling. Every year there are 5 or 6 people out of those 2 million (+ however many around the world) jumps who die from a "double malfunction", where both their Main chute and their backup parachute gets F'd up and theres not a damn thing they can do about it. This guy who walked away from a double malfunction in the first video experienced a miracle.

alnorth
03-04-2005, 04:33 PM
Wow, here's a cheery link.

Skydiving Fatality Database (http://www.dropzone.com/fatalities/)

Hydrae
03-04-2005, 04:41 PM
Wow, here's a cheery link.

Skydiving Fatality Database (http://www.dropzone.com/fatalities/)


Whew, none from my area. I sure am glad not to be jumping with Skydive Arizona, they have had 4 or 5 fatalities in the last year.

dred
03-04-2005, 05:44 PM
Wow, here's a cheery link.

Skydiving Fatality Database (http://www.dropzone.com/fatalities/)
There are some interesting causes of death on that link.

Heres one that caught my attention.

Plane crash after premature deployment of parachute (http://www.dropzone.com/fatalities/Detailed/70.shtml)

Description:

This jumper was the first of five skydivers to jump out of the plane. For an unknown reason, his main parachute deployed prematurely as he approached the door to exit. The chute got caught in the plane's tail and blocked the rudder, causing the aircraft to spin toward the ground. As the plane was descending from 10,000 feet, the other four jumpers and the pilot dove out and parachuted to safety before the plane crashed into a bean field. The deceased went down with the plane after his reserve parachute became caught on the plane's wing as well. An autopsy conducted Monday showed he had died of a basilar skull fracture, probably caused when his head struck the wing of the plane. He was wearing a helmet.

:banghead: