JackieRabbit: This is what comes of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.
gopher321: Which of course leads to the Zen question, "If a skydiver falls in the forest..."
gja: Wow, some set of friends he had there.
littlett's: gja: Wow, some set of friends he had there.Form the article, it didn't sound like the poor guy had that many fiends.
gopher321: Which of course leads to the Zen question, "If a scuba skydiver falls in the forest..."
had98c: He probably had friends, they just weren't obnoxious about it and aren't the kind to check in on you every flipping day or freak out if you don't call them.
littlett's: I don't consider my friends obnoxious, but I'm pretty sure that if at least one of them didn't see me at the gym or we didn't meet for a drink after work, they would at least try to call.
cman: ....look out below because I'm comIn through....
Unoriginal_Username: Well, as the saying goes. 'If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not fir you.'
drjekel_mrhyde: They could have at least tried to call him or a contact of his
clutchcargo2002: JackieRabbit: This is what comes of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.There is no such thing. Especially jump planes.
KillerAttackParrot: He failed to follow one important rule. If both canopies fail, track for your rigger. Don't jump out of a freaking airplane if it can be avoided.
Skwrl: For an active dropzone, it's not entirely uncommon for the dropzone management (i.e., the people in the office) to lose track of people. I'm told this particular dropzopne supports 700+ jumps a day in the summer.Usually, a load organizer (a jumper on the plane) will keep some track of the people on a particular jump, but with some planes (e.g., a DeHavilland Twin Otter), that can be around 20 people - and it's not always easy for one person to keep track of them all. As a result, it's not unheard of for this sort of situation to arise.What's unclear from the incident reports (not included in the article) is whether the jumper had an automatic activation device (a.k.a, an "AAD"), which is an electronic device that is to cut the reserve loop (and release the reserve) if the jumper is in free fall below a specified altitude. AADs are generally required by the Dutch skydiving authority's rules, except for very experienced jumpers. It's not clear whether his parachute harness system had one in it, whether it was there but wasn't turned on, or whether it was there, turned on, but didn't function as intended.In any event, my condolences to his family and loved ones. Blue skies.
Jaws_Victim: drjekel_mrhyde: They could have at least tried to call him or a contact of hisHe was a loner and he died alone, without friends. I wonder when we can expect him to shoot up a school.
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