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(WJAC TV Johnstown)   New Jersey man dies in Pennsylvania skydiving accident creating possible skydiving fatality trifecta   (wjactv.com) divider line
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2021-04-20 8:15:54 PM  
Where do they bury the survivors?
 
2021-04-20 8:16:53 PM  
On the plus side he no longer has to live in New Jersey.
 
2021-04-20 8:22:32 PM  
Authorities told WNEP-TV Harney's parachute opened but eventually separated from him.
Monroe County Coroner Tom Yanac says officials are not sure if there was a problem with the chute
At first I was like ... Waitup...DUH! but....
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"or another issue." (74-year-old Ed Harney of Paramus, New Jersey)

and I was all like...(Unclip....."AHHHHHHHHHHHH" *th​ump*)

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2021-04-20 8:23:51 PM  
It wasn't the fall that kid him...

It was the sudden stop at the end.
 
2021-04-20 8:27:54 PM  
For a second i thought it was a pic of the guy falling.
 
2021-04-20 8:31:28 PM  
I'll bet you anything though he wasn't doing terminal velocity in the left lane, unlike the yokels from pensyltucky,
 
2021-04-20 8:37:03 PM  
Suicide by gravity, easy to accomplish here on Earth but not so easy on the Moon.
 
2021-04-20 8:38:33 PM  
Hey, that Caulfield jerk didn't forget to pack the 'chutes, did he?  That goddam phony's s'posed to be the Parachute Club manager, fer Chrissakes!
 
2021-04-20 8:47:42 PM  
CSB, at least I think so.

30 years ago I wanted to go skydiving. My wife did not want me to go. So I had to make sure that my insurance would pay out if I died and then I had to bribe her and the kids by paying $3,000 for a redwood swing set.

So I went for one of those tandem jumps. I lived in New Jersey and drove into Pennsylvania to go do this jump. In the area that this guy crunched himself.

The Cherokee skywagon chewed through the air and clawed and pulled us up and up. They had removed the back seats so they could fit more people but that really screwed up the planes weight distribution. You could tell it was not built to hold this many people. It was held together with duct tape.

I had them film me. Or in this case it was VHS video tape. The woman had the camera on her helmet and a squirrel flight suit so she could hover and fly around me. When the plane hit a certain height and they popped the door open and two people jumped out I realized this was real. She filmed the look of my face when it all came crashing down.

Then it was my turn. I crawled to an open doorway at 6,000 ft. The instructor clipped in behind me. I realized this was not for me. The pilot told me to go f*** myself and dipped the plane. There I went.

I didn't jump, I was thrown.
 
2021-04-20 8:55:47 PM  
He was found after a...
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Ground search
 
2021-04-20 9:06:44 PM  
FTFA: "The cause of death was pending an autopsy."

I'd wager a guess.

Cause of death: Ground.
 
2021-04-20 9:20:49 PM  

donotdoit: CSB, at least I think so.

30 years ago I wanted to go skydiving. My wife did not want me to go. So I had to make sure that my insurance would pay out if I died and then I had to bribe her and the kids by paying $3,000 for a redwood swing set.

So I went for one of those tandem jumps. I lived in New Jersey and drove into Pennsylvania to go do this jump. In the area that this guy crunched himself.

The Cherokee skywagon chewed through the air and clawed and pulled us up and up. They had removed the back seats so they could fit more people but that really screwed up the planes weight distribution. You could tell it was not built to hold this many people. It was held together with duct tape.

I had them film me. Or in this case it was VHS video tape. The woman had the camera on her helmet and a squirrel flight suit so she could hover and fly around me. When the plane hit a certain height and they popped the door open and two people jumped out I realized this was real. She filmed the look of my face when it all came crashing down.

Then it was my turn. I crawled to an open doorway at 6,000 ft. The instructor clipped in behind me. I realized this was not for me. The pilot told me to go f*** myself and dipped the plane. There I went.

I didn't jump, I was thrown.


6000' is really low for a tandem exit.
 
2021-04-20 9:37:50 PM  
The other skydivers purportedly stated "he just sorta dropped dead"
 
2021-04-20 9:46:35 PM  

Kubo: FTFA: "The cause of death was pending an autopsy."

I'd wager a guess.

Cause of death: Ground.


Or covid
 
2021-04-20 10:00:06 PM  
It's entirely possible he survived the jump, and died of being seventy-four.
 
2021-04-20 10:14:18 PM  
I like how they still need a coroner's report to determine the cause of death. I guest "Went splat"  isn't on the list.
 
2021-04-20 10:51:15 PM  

Kubo: FTFA: "The cause of death was pending an autopsy."

I'd wager a guess.

Cause of death: Ground.


Blunt Force Trauma .... with the ground
 
2021-04-20 10:51:20 PM  

Doctoral Candidate Zaius: Kubo: FTFA: "The cause of death was pending an autopsy."

I'd wager a guess.

Cause of death: Ground.

Or covid


No. It clearly states cause of death as "pending an autopsy". Which doesn't make much sense but I'm not a doctor so what do I know.
 
2021-04-20 11:26:18 PM  

Birnone: Suicide by gravity, easy to accomplish here on Earth but not so easy on the Moon.


This was actually the first thing that came to mind for me. 74 years old. He was an experienced skydiver which says he was athletic.  Might have decided that he just wasn't enjoying life any more and decided to go out doing what he loved while he still could.  One last jump.  Feel the shock of the chute opening one last time. Then cut the chute away and free fall to oblivion.
 
2021-04-21 12:26:11 AM  
I wonder if there is a way to check the record of a particular sky diving location.
 
2021-04-21 1:06:38 AM  
When I was going for my A License, and still only on something like by 10th jump I had a partial chute failure. When my main deployed one side of the chute curled under and I went into a flat spiral. I immediately started pumping my risers trying to clear it. Just as I was about to cut away and pull my reserve the chute unfurled and I was able to land safely. But, I was also over a mile away from the dropzone and landed in a cornfield. My instructor ended up coming to pick me up in a golf cart. When I told him what happened he said I did the right thing. Considering that I lived to jump again I tend to agree with him.
 
2021-04-21 1:10:27 AM  

deadromanoff: donotdoit: CSB, at least I think so.

30 years ago I wanted to go skydiving. My wife did not want me to go. So I had to make sure that my insurance would pay out if I died and then I had to bribe her and the kids by paying $3,000 for a redwood swing set.

So I went for one of those tandem jumps. I lived in New Jersey and drove into Pennsylvania to go do this jump. In the area that this guy crunched himself.

The Cherokee skywagon chewed through the air and clawed and pulled us up and up. They had removed the back seats so they could fit more people but that really screwed up the planes weight distribution. You could tell it was not built to hold this many people. It was held together with duct tape.

I had them film me. Or in this case it was VHS video tape. The woman had the camera on her helmet and a squirrel flight suit so she could hover and fly around me. When the plane hit a certain height and they popped the door open and two people jumped out I realized this was real. She filmed the look of my face when it all came crashing down.

Then it was my turn. I crawled to an open doorway at 6,000 ft. The instructor clipped in behind me. I realized this was not for me. The pilot told me to go f*** myself and dipped the plane. There I went.

I didn't jump, I was thrown.

6000' is really low for a tandem exit.


Yeah, 6,000' is when tandems usually pull their chute so that it will be fully deployed at about 5,000'. The only time I ever jumped that low is doing what the instructor called a "hop and pop" and the hole purpose was to simulate having to bail out of a plane. You jump and as soon as you stabilize you pull your chute.
 
2021-04-21 2:19:33 AM  

TheReject: I like how they still need a coroner's report to determine the cause of death. I guest "Went splat"  isn't on the list.


It can still provide answers. Heart muscle inflammation turned out to be a factor in a low reserve pull fatality here in Sweden some years back.
 
2021-04-21 8:00:07 AM  

deadromanoff: donotdoit: CSB, at least I think so.

30 years ago I wanted to go skydiving. My wife did not want me to go. So I had to make sure that my insurance would pay out if I died and then I had to bribe her and the kids by paying $3,000 for a redwood swing set.

So I went for one of those tandem jumps. I lived in New Jersey and drove into Pennsylvania to go do this jump. In the area that this guy crunched himself.

The Cherokee skywagon chewed through the air and clawed and pulled us up and up. They had removed the back seats so they could fit more people but that really screwed up the planes weight distribution. You could tell it was not built to hold this many people. It was held together with duct tape.

I had them film me. Or in this case it was VHS video tape. The woman had the camera on her helmet and a squirrel flight suit so she could hover and fly around me. When the plane hit a certain height and they popped the door open and two people jumped out I realized this was real. She filmed the look of my face when it all came crashing down.

Then it was my turn. I crawled to an open doorway at 6,000 ft. The instructor clipped in behind me. I realized this was not for me. The pilot told me to go f*** myself and dipped the plane. There I went.

I didn't jump, I was thrown.

6000' is really low for a tandem exit.


Going from 30 year old memory of a single event. I bow to anyone challenging and correcting that detail. I stand by the rest of it.
 
2021-04-21 8:07:24 AM  

donotdoit: deadromanoff: donotdoit: CSB, at least I think so.

30 years ago I wanted to go skydiving. My wife did not want me to go. So I had to make sure that my insurance would pay out if I died and then I had to bribe her and the kids by paying $3,000 for a redwood swing set.

So I went for one of those tandem jumps. I lived in New Jersey and drove into Pennsylvania to go do this jump. In the area that this guy crunched himself.

The Cherokee skywagon chewed through the air and clawed and pulled us up and up. They had removed the back seats so they could fit more people but that really screwed up the planes weight distribution. You could tell it was not built to hold this many people. It was held together with duct tape.

I had them film me. Or in this case it was VHS video tape. The woman had the camera on her helmet and a squirrel flight suit so she could hover and fly around me. When the plane hit a certain height and they popped the door open and two people jumped out I realized this was real. She filmed the look of my face when it all came crashing down.

Then it was my turn. I crawled to an open doorway at 6,000 ft. The instructor clipped in behind me. I realized this was not for me. The pilot told me to go f*** myself and dipped the plane. There I went.

I didn't jump, I was thrown.

6000' is really low for a tandem exit.

Going from 30 year old memory of a single event. I bow to anyone challenging and correcting that detail. I stand by the rest of it.


And I actually have the vhs tape to prove it. Nothing to read it with though, dammit!
 
2021-04-21 10:03:15 AM  

Noah_Tall: Birnone: Suicide by gravity, easy to accomplish here on Earth but not so easy on the Moon.

This was actually the first thing that came to mind for me. 74 years old. He was an experienced skydiver which says he was athletic.  Might have decided that he just wasn't enjoying life any more and decided to go out doing what he loved while he still could.  One last jump.  Feel the shock of the chute opening one last time. Then cut the chute away and free fall to oblivion.


At 74, I wouldn't be surprised to learn of a terminal cancer or other terminal diagnosis in the past month.  Especially something like ALS, when you've been athletic your entire life.

Never opening the chute is too suspicious.  A "malfunctioning chute" almost guarantees his life insurance pays off.
 
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