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2013-08-26 01:29:52 PM
"He just fell, he just fell from the sky and we don't know why," said Hawkins.


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I would have thought thtat that's something they'd learn first in skydiving school, but since I've never been I cannot say.
 
2013-08-26 01:34:33 PM
I can't help but wonder how a supposedly experienced skydiver "falls out" of his freaking harness
 
2013-08-26 01:41:53 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-08-26 02:04:21 PM
Now that's what I call impactful journalism.

/why are skydiving mishaps ever mourned?
 
2013-08-26 02:04:54 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can't help but wonder how a supposedly experienced skydiver "falls out" of his freaking harness


Sometimes experience means becoming careless about the little things because they've done it so much.
 
2013-08-26 02:04:56 PM
Holy Shait....it actually happened in Yolo county.  Good find subby
 
2013-08-26 02:05:47 PM
Skydiving: commiting suicide while wearing a backpack.
 
2013-08-26 02:06:01 PM
Gravity's a biatch, man.
 
2013-08-26 02:06:09 PM
Well that story has a really impact, if you know what I mean.
 
2013-08-26 02:07:20 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can't help but wonder how a supposedly experienced skydiver "falls out" of his freaking harness


My guess? On purpose.
 
2013-08-26 02:08:09 PM

Oldiron_79: Skydiving: commiting suicide while wearing a backpack.


Don't look at me, I have an airtight alibi...
 
2013-08-26 02:08:13 PM
Tragic? Hardly. When you throw yourself out of an airplane at 12,000 feet, don't expect me to say it's a tragedy if you die. Horrifying, scary, messy, yes, but tragic? No. And obviously he overlook something quite important for him to fall out of his harness, that just doesn't happen.
 
2013-08-26 02:08:19 PM
Davis Skydiving Death: Witness Saw Tragic Scene Unfold Before Her

But not the parachute.
 
2013-08-26 02:09:56 PM
"Hawkins says the accident happened during the last jump of the day around 6 p.m. Saturday."

That 'people dying' thing tends to ruin the fun.
 
2013-08-26 02:10:44 PM
"He just fell, he just fell from the sky and we don't know why," said Hawkins.

Wizards. Angry wizards.
 
2013-08-26 02:10:49 PM

relaxitsjustme: Holy Shait....it actually happened in Yolo county.  Good find subby


This.  Thread was wrapped from the beginning.
 
2013-08-26 02:12:41 PM
"He just fell, he just fell from the sky and we don't know why,"

Same person ""As I was in the landing area, I did witness, he fell out of the harness..."

There's your why!
 
2013-08-26 02:14:11 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can't help but wonder how a supposedly experienced skydiver "falls out" of his freaking harness


Misrouted chest strap or a poorly fitted harness, combined with complacency.  He's the only one who will ever know, and he ain't talking.
 
2013-08-26 02:15:37 PM
Free canopy.
 
2013-08-26 02:19:50 PM

smoky2010: Well that story has a really impact, if you know what I mean.


Not sure I follow.  Please elaborate.
 
2013-08-26 02:23:22 PM
Or:
"He just fell, he just fell from the sky and we don't know why,"

He jumped out of a plane!
 
2013-08-26 02:28:13 PM
You only land once.
 
2013-08-26 02:28:29 PM

zabadu: Or:
"He just fell, he just fell from the sky and we don't know why,"

He jumped out of a plane!


dang it. I came here to say that.
 
2013-08-26 02:28:33 PM
As God is my witness, I thought skydivers could fly.
 
2013-08-26 02:30:40 PM

Glendale: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can't help but wonder how a supposedly experienced skydiver "falls out" of his freaking harness

Sometimes experience means becoming careless about the little things because they've done it so much.


I've been three times and each time it takes me an hour to get my balls back on the outside, those crotch harnesses are cinched tight.  Either the crotch harness or chest strap wasn't in place.
Like I said, I have 3 static line jumps in my log book.  This makes me an expert.

robbsutton.com
 
2013-08-26 02:31:18 PM

Glendale: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can't help but wonder how a supposedly experienced skydiver "falls out" of his freaking harness

Sometimes experience means becoming careless about the little things because they've done it so much.


Right, but you're supposed to be looking at everyone else's equipment when you take the ride up to the sky. I mean, of course, everyone is responsible for their own gear when they make the final decision to/not to leave the plane but the whole, "check your neighbors" doctrine is supposed to catch moments of being lax.

I've only jumped twice, both times tandem, so I don't know single-person jump gear at all. But I would be very, very surprised to learn that a single slip led to this.
 
2013-08-26 02:33:02 PM
Yolo?  You Only Live Occasionally?
You Only Like Obsequys?
You Orly Live Once?
Your Odd Landing Overpowering?
 
2013-08-26 02:34:09 PM
wheelsontoast.files.wordpress.com

Taken moments before impact...
 
2013-08-26 02:45:50 PM
  FTFA:he fell out of the harness and, we don't know how, but he fell out of his harness and saw the canopy flying towards that direction and there was no reserve opening

 Umm, if you fall out of your harness it doesn't matter if the reserve opens.

/maybe he didn't fall out of the harness but cut the main away?
 
2013-08-26 02:50:29 PM
"He just fell, he just fell from the sky and we don't know why," said Hawkins.

www.quotesworthrepeating.com

umm...newton's law of universal gravitation?
 
2013-08-26 02:51:51 PM

rwfan: FTFA:he fell out of the harness and, we don't know how, but he fell out of his harness and saw the canopy flying towards that direction and there was no reserve opening

 Umm, if you fall out of your harness it doesn't matter if the reserve opens.

/maybe he didn't fall out of the harness but cut the main away?


Maybe they were worried about the harness?
 
2013-08-26 02:57:29 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can't help but wonder how a supposedly experienced skydiver "falls out" of his freaking harness


It happens when you get cocky, and think it's unnessesary to check your gear before jumping out of a perfectly good plane.

//Don't get all penissy!
 
2013-08-26 03:02:22 PM

moike: [565x565 from http://wheelsontoast.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/skydiver.jpg image 565x565]

Taken moments before impact...


Is there any story behind that?
 
2013-08-26 03:17:11 PM

impaler: moike: [565x565 from http://wheelsontoast.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/skydiver.jpg image 565x565]

Taken moments before impact...

Is there any story behind that?


http://www.joejennings.com/GS.htm
 
2013-08-26 03:18:28 PM
Is everyone in Yolo County fat?

Because everyone in that video was... even the news anchor.

I mean, that could be a contributing factor to falling out of your harness, couldn't it?
 
2013-08-26 03:21:48 PM

impaler: moike: [565x565 from http://wheelsontoast.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/skydiver.jpg image 565x565]

Taken moments before impact...

Is there any story behind that?


Greg Gasson
 
2013-08-26 03:33:21 PM

reillan: http://www.joejennings.com/GS.htm


Skyd1v:
Greg Gasson

Christ. How many hours of ground training and practice went in to doing that stunt, do either of you know?
 
GBB
2013-08-26 03:36:02 PM
"He just fell, he just fell from the sky and we don't know why," said Hawkins.


 
2013-08-26 03:43:03 PM

moike: [565x565 from http://wheelsontoast.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/skydiver.jpg image 565x565]

Taken moments before impact...


img.fark.net

Un-farking-Believable.  Holy farking shiat.  That dude is a serious adrenaline junkie.

(Actually, if I ever get terminal cancer, I hope I have the Nards to screw around like that until I get killed.)

(/No dependents to leave in a lurch)
 
2013-08-26 03:51:46 PM

GBB: "He just fell, he just fell from the sky and we don't know why," said Hawkins.


I blame gravity, tho I can't make a poem about it.
 
2013-08-26 03:53:31 PM

p0nk: "Hawkins says the accident happened during the last jump of the day around 6 p.m. Saturday."

That 'people dying' thing tends to ruin the fun.


People who fall like seldom make another jump.
 
2013-08-26 03:54:11 PM

Salmon: Is everyone in Yolo County fat?

Because everyone in that video was... even the news anchor.

I mean, that could be a contributing factor to falling out of your harness, couldn't it?


Living in Yolo county I can absolutely say yes.  Lots of farmer/rancher wives.  As for the news anchors, well, Fox 40 IS a UHF station.
 
2013-08-26 03:58:00 PM
livingbetweenwednesdays.com
 
2013-08-26 04:00:03 PM

zabadu: Salmon: Is everyone in Yolo County fat?

Because everyone in that video was... even the news anchor.

I mean, that could be a contributing factor to falling out of your harness, couldn't it?

Living in Yolo county I can absolutely say yes.  Lots of farmer/rancher wives.  As for the news anchors, well, Fox 40 IS a UHF station.


Ultra Heavy Female station.

References to VHF and UHF stations are rare these days.
 
GBB
2013-08-26 04:07:44 PM

Inflatable Rhetoric: GBB: "He just fell, he just fell from the sky and we don't know why," said Hawkins.

I blame gravity, tho I can't make a poem about it.


Gaddamnitsomuch!
This is what happens when preview says "Yeah, that pic works" and add comment says "Unfetchable hot linked pic, asshole".

Was supposed to be a blank of O'Reilly's "You can't explain that" meme.
 
2013-08-26 04:11:13 PM

Odd Bird: Glendale: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can't help but wonder how a supposedly experienced skydiver "falls out" of his freaking harness

Sometimes experience means becoming careless about the little things because they've done it so much.

I've been three times and each time it takes me an hour to get my balls back on the outside, those crotch harnesses are cinched tight.  Either the crotch harness or chest strap wasn't in place.
Like I said, I have 3 static line jumps in my log book.  This makes me an expert.



I have only two jumps, but I'd go every week if I could afford it.

All those straps and buckles. I think you'd appreciate the joke I made to my tandem instructor on my last jump.
 
2013-08-26 04:11:35 PM
This just brings to mind my old SDI in basic training way back in 1967.  Msgt Mosley said, "Only two things come out of the sky, bird shiat and fools.".
 
2013-08-26 04:13:59 PM

Oldiron_79: Skydiving: commiting suicide while wearing a backpack.


I guess I failed at suicide twice now.

Nothing in the eyewitness testimony makes sense. I cant make heads or tails out of that sentence. Fell out of his harness? What did that have to do with the reserve shoot?

And as a prememptive strike to the couple of jackasses in every sky dive thread who say people deserve what they get, you have a better chance of being killed driving to the jump zone than you do sky diving. Now when you start doing a lot of stunts and extreme type of dives, that changes.
 
2013-08-26 04:15:19 PM
I know jernalism is hard,  but why do so many jernalist insist on quoting verbatim when the quote makes little sense?

"As I was in the landing area, I did witness, he fell out of the harness and, we don't know how, but he fell out of his harness and saw the canopy flying towards that direction and there was no reserve opening," said Hawkins.
 
2013-08-26 04:15:49 PM
You need to put the ends of the straps back through the buckles.
You don't do that, this is what happens.

/I did it once rappeling, but I was close enough to the ground that I could lower myself quickly to the ground before the straps reached their ends and I fell out.
//Have skydived too and always checked that the straps were back through the buckles.
 
2013-08-26 04:16:23 PM

ultraholland: "He just fell, he just fell from the sky and we don't know why," said Hawkins.

Wizards. Angry wizards.


Skydivers fall. Everybody dies.

TPK
 
2013-08-26 04:17:32 PM

enforcerpsu: And as a prememptive strike to the couple of jackasses in every sky dive thread who say people deserve what they get, you have a better chance of being killed driving to the jump zone than you do sky diving.


Well not if you're the dude in the article who fell out of his harness!
 
2013-08-26 04:19:27 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: enforcerpsu: And as a prememptive strike to the couple of jackasses in every sky dive thread who say people deserve what they get, you have a better chance of being killed driving to the jump zone than you do sky diving.

Well not if you're the dude in the article who fell out of his harness!


Did anyone mention the harness?

/ok...if you put the harness on right the equipment is pretty damn well reliable.
//seriously, the eyewitness makes no sense
 
2013-08-26 04:29:58 PM
Lesson learned: Don't skydive in a county full of fat mixed-race Canadian Child-Star Rappers .....Yolo
 
2013-08-26 04:36:12 PM
C'mon.....

Davis Skydiving Death: Witness Saw Tragic Scene Unfold Before Her

After the commercial break, we'll tell you what didn't unfold in this exciting story....
 
2013-08-26 04:38:50 PM
Don't be too hard on the witness. She just watched someone die. A reporter (a shiatty one, at that) asked her what she saw, and she blurted out what she saw.

You can't really expect someone in that situation to pause and think, "Hmm, well, why should I mention that I didn't see a reserve chute? I mean, that's just silly, under the circumstances." No. She's struggling to process what she just saw, and the images are tumbling out of her mouth as words.
 
2013-08-26 05:13:44 PM

Glendale: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can't help but wonder how a supposedly experienced skydiver "falls out" of his freaking harness

Sometimes experience means becoming careless about the little things because they've done it so much.


True.  It's the high-time aircraft pilots who tend to run out of gas, for instance, because they "know" they checked before takeoff.

While the rookie is so nervous, he checks everything three times...
 
2013-08-26 05:16:53 PM

There's Always A Bloody Ghost: Tragic? Hardly. When you throw yourself out of an airplane at 12,000 feet, don't expect me to say it's a tragedy if you die. Horrifying, scary, messy, yes, but tragic? No. And obviously he overlook something quite important for him to fall out of his harness, that just doesn't happen.


Forgetting a chest strap is quite easy.  I have seen it done many times except without the horrific results.

As to the tragedy part.  There are many ways to compare the risks of skydiving to other activities.  IMHO as someone who skydived to 20+ years making nearly 2000 jumps I honestly believe it is very compairable to driving a car.  Do you not consider it a tragedy when some one dies in a car accident even though they knew the risks when they got in the car?
 
2013-08-26 05:19:27 PM

MadAzza: Don't be too hard on the witness. She just watched someone die. A reporter (a shiatty one, at that) asked her what she saw, and she blurted out what she saw.

You can't really expect someone in that situation to pause and think, "Hmm, well, why should I mention that I didn't see a reserve chute? I mean, that's just silly, under the circumstances." No. She's struggling to process what she just saw, and the images are tumbling out of her mouth as words.


Agreed.  I was going to post something to the same effect.  I watched a friend of mine have a near death skydiving accident on her first ever static line jump.  She had a partial chute and did not cut it away until she was almost too close to the ground.  It looked like her reserve opened a couple hudred feet from the ground.  I probably wasn't coherent for an hour after that.
 
2013-08-26 05:20:48 PM

noitsnot: moike: [565x565 from http://wheelsontoast.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/skydiver.jpg image 565x565]

Taken moments before impact...

[565x565 from http://img.fark.net/images/cache/850/I/Iy/fark_IygKaTL9uvYzE58ECyTXC27 aahU.jpg?t=2EzuXOtPlZCagdaPINHMxQ&f=1378094400 image 565x565]

Un-farking-Believable.  Holy farking shiat.  That dude is a serious adrenaline junkie.

(Actually, if I ever get terminal cancer, I hope I have the Nards to screw around like that until I get killed.)

(/No dependents to leave in a lurch)


BTW he had a harness under his shirt and jeans linked by a strap to the rig.  He could not have fallen.  At least not easily.
 
2013-08-26 05:34:20 PM

MadAzza: All those straps and buckles. I think you'd appreciate the joke I made to my tandem instructor on my last jump.


I'll let you know if you tell the joke.

(would also resume jumping if monitary assests were not needed elsewhere)

/was looking for you in a thread last week.
 
2013-08-26 05:52:05 PM

Odd Bird: MadAzza: All those straps and buckles. I think you'd appreciate the joke I made to my tandem instructor on my last jump.

I'll let you know if you tell the joke.

(would also resume jumping if monitary assests were not needed elsewhere)

/was looking for you in a thread last week.


"What, no ball gag?"
 
2013-08-26 07:21:48 PM

There's Always A Bloody Ghost: Tragic? Hardly. When you throw yourself out of an airplane at 12,000 feet, don't expect me to say it's a tragedy if you die. Horrifying, scary, messy, yes, but tragic? No.


This.  Goes the same for racers (car, motorcycle, etc.).  When you take part in sports that are clearly pushed well beyond the realms of "fatal", the occasional death is bound to happen.  Safety gear is only as good as your luck and planning.  Forget to torque down one nut?  Hope it doesn't manage to fly off and jam up critical machinery, resulting in you saying hello to a reinforced concrete barrier at 180mph.

I do feel bad for skydivers who face equipment failure though.  If I make a mistake and head for a messy exit, I go out within a second.  Dude's gotta fall at least 1,000 feet, if not more before he gets to test his luck.  That terror of knowing something just went wrong is comfortably brief on a road course.  He could just about call his closest relatives and tell them the news personally before be hits the ground...
 
2013-08-26 07:29:03 PM
I read a report on sky diving accidents. Falling out of the harness reported a lot more often than I would have expected. I am not a sky diver, but I would think that you can only fall out of your harness if you didn't properly put it on and triple checked it. Any divers out there who can comment on that. Either way, I feel bad for his family and friends.

I knew a case where a "Master Jump Instructor" with over 8,000 jump went out at 13,500 feet witha student he had jumped with 3 times and nothing ever opened. They never found out why.
 
2013-08-26 08:15:41 PM
YODO
 
2013-08-26 08:29:16 PM
Suicide.  Going out doing the one thing you still get enjoyment out of on the last jump of the day.  Discretely unbuckle and then jump.  And your beneficiary gets the insurance money no questions asked.
 
2013-08-26 09:01:34 PM
I went sky diving there a couple years back so I'm really getting a kick fall to my death out of these replies.

//true though. I did sky dive with an instructor at that facility.
 
2013-08-26 09:59:44 PM

Oldiron_79: Skydiving: commiting suicide while wearing a backpack.


How is your mother's basement working out for you?
 
2013-08-26 10:45:36 PM

MadAzza: "What, no ball gag?"


awesome

Something pertaining to a swing was coming to mind but yours is just fine.
 
2013-08-26 10:51:21 PM
CSB?

I had a psychology book in high school that had a first hand account of a mountain climber that fell, what should have been "fell to his death," and he basically described the whole experience as pure euphoria.

So on my list of ways I want to die

last place: fire
first place: in my sleep unware
third place: falling

But the third place falling kind of means there can't be a whole lot of time to react. I'm not sure if that euphoric "OH SHAT! OH SHAT! OH SHAT!" pans out if you're free falling for more than 5 seconds.
 
2013-08-26 10:53:19 PM

impaler: last place: fire
first place: in my sleep unware
third place: falling


I guess I forgot 2nd place. Let's see... Autoasphyxiation. Sure, that works.
 
2013-08-26 11:23:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNI0lIthWt4

you might say he was a dirt torpedo

(Megadeth - High Speed Dirt)
 
2013-08-27 09:57:14 AM

GBB: Inflatable Rhetoric: GBB: "He just fell, he just fell from the sky and we don't know why," said Hawkins.

I blame gravity, tho I can't make a poem about it.

Gaddamnitsomuch!
This is what happens when preview says "Yeah, that pic works" and add comment says "Unfetchable hot linked pic, asshole".

Was supposed to be a blank of O'Reilly's "You can't explain that" meme.


I can't make that rhyme, either.  I'm not good at poetry.
 
2013-08-27 09:59:38 AM

PunGent: Glendale: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can't help but wonder how a supposedly experienced skydiver "falls out" of his freaking harness

Sometimes experience means becoming careless about the little things because they've done it so much.

True.  It's the high-time aircraft pilots who tend to run out of gas, for instance, because they "know" they checked before takeoff.

While the rookie is so nervous, he checks everything three times...


I don't think that's true.
 
2013-08-27 12:59:50 PM
I don't get it, as others have stated, the crotch straps / happy straps are TIGHT,
 
2013-08-27 03:40:45 PM

Inflatable Rhetoric: PunGent: Glendale: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I can't help but wonder how a supposedly experienced skydiver "falls out" of his freaking harness

Sometimes experience means becoming careless about the little things because they've done it so much.

True.  It's the high-time aircraft pilots who tend to run out of gas, for instance, because they "know" they checked before takeoff.

While the rookie is so nervous, he checks everything three times...

I don't think that's true.


Google the Gimli Glider.  And the counterpoint:  look up NTSB records for how many pilots with less than a hundred hours under their belts EVER ran out of gas.
 
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