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Crash at Air Capital Skydiving

On Friday March 9, the 206 piloted by Nick Robson was totaled in a crash north of Air Capital Skydiving. Nick walked away with only a small cut on one hand and a bruised leg. Here are the details:
After a normal climb to 11,000 feet AGL, 5 jumpers exited the 206 for an uneventful skydive. During the descent Nick heard a backfire and noticed extremely erratic readings on the manifold pressure gauge. The engine quit and Nick prepared for a "dead stick" landing. He had plenty of altitude and was expecting to make the field.
As Nick prepared to land, an unidentified aircraft crossed directly in front of the 206 forcing Nick to vector away to avoid a mid-air collision. Nick attempted to make radio contact with this aircraft and again set up for a landing. The unidentified aircraft then made an S-turn and crossed Nick's path again. Nick called out on his radio and informed the aircraft he was dead stick and requested clear air-space.
The resulting delays from the intruding aircraft resulted in insufficient altitude to make the runway. The plane landed in an area just north of the airfield "heavily populated with trees" Causing severe damage to the aircraft.
Reported by Air Capital Skydiving Center Wichita, Kansas (316)776-1700

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Plane Carrying 22 Crashes in Texas

A single-engine airplane owned by Skydive Texas crashed shortly after takeoff in a field east of Decatur in Texas, USA, on March 31, injuring seven people. The airplane was a 1956 Dehavilland Otter, designed for parachuting and was carrying 22 skydivers. The plane rose to about 300 feet and banked sharply to the right before leveling and then crashing. The tail of the plane hit just a little before the rest of the plane, and one witness said if the pilot had not leveled off first, the crash would have been a lot worse than it was. The pilot said that the crash apparently was caused by a mini whirlwind called a "dust devil". The injured passengers were taken by medical helicopter to area hospitals. Others were treated at the scene. The crash ripped the plane's left wing off and smashed its nose.
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New River Gorge Bridge BASE Incident

An Ohio man BASE jumping from West Virginia's New River Gorge Bridge on April 7 missed his landing spot and got tangled in some trees before releasing himself from his harness and falling some 40 feet. According the National Park Service, the 33-year-old man launched into the darkness at 1:40 a.m. The sky was overcast and the gorge was full of fog, making it nearly impossible for him to see his landing zone.
After friends placed a 911 call, rescuers including a team of rangers, county police, fire and EMS personnel got to Murphy, who was semi-conscious and suffering from a severe head injury and a fractured arm, 45 minutes later. He was stabilized and taken to a local hospital before being transferred to a trauma center in Charleston, West Virginia. The NPS report stated that alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the accident. The jumper will be charged with illegal aerial moves.

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Skydiver Cheats Death After Jump Goes Wrong

26-year-old Craig Paton who was performing his first-ever skydive at Skydive Strathallan in Scotland, was injured after leaping from a Cessna at 3,200 feet when his parachute failed to open properly. He then tried to release his reserve chute but it became entangled with the main canopy. Paton hit the ground at high speed but fortunately landed on a lush grass embankment which cushioned his fall, missing a concrete road and certain death by only a few feet. Despite the massive impact, the jumper was conscious when rescuers reached him. Suffering severe chest injuries, he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he remained in a serious but stable condition.
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