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[Updated: September 7, 2000] More Safety Issues on pages
|Blue skies and safe landings !|
|Skydiver Was Dangling From A Plane|
On September 1, 20-year old Andy Judy from West Virginia hung helplessly in the air for more than half an hour when his bootie got caught at the step of the CESSNA 182 he had jumped out of.
It was his third jump of the day at Pittsburgh Skydiving Center in Dunbar, PA, and he was to be part of a 3-way formation that would be videotaped by a fourth jumper. The jumpers climbed onto a platform under the Cessna's wing at 10,500 feet, and he was the last one out. It was his job to give the count, using his right leg, to synchronize the jump.
But when he hopped off, the left bootie on his jumpsuit snagged on the plane's step. He was dangling upside down, held only by the fabric, as the pant leg stretched and gravity pulled his body away. He tried unsuccessfully to pull himself back in the plane, and to free himself by unzipping and unfastening his flying suit and boots. Pilot Bob Yaley tried shaking the plane to set him free. He tried to untangle him by hand but when he left the controls, the plane went into a dive.
The pilot finally decided to land in a field beside the airports paved runway, hoping the ground would be soft. Judy could not communicate with the pilot or ground crew, and he didn't realize the plan until he saw the runway. He pulled his head and chest up, tucked in his arms and braced for the landing. His gear absorbed most of the initial shock. Yaley got the plane stopped quickly, minimizing the distance over which Judy was dragged and rolled so that it was less than 100 feet. "My gosh, am I lucky," were the first words Judy said when emergency medical technicians cut him loose. Judy had escaped with only minor cuts and bruises. He was taken to a Medical Center in Morgantown, where he was treated and released Saturday night.
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|BASE Jumper Had To Be Rescued|
A BASE jumper had to be rescued Friday night, September 1, after he jumped from the 570-foot Carew Tower in Cincinnati, Ohio, and snagged his parachute outside the nearby Omni Netherland Plaza hotel.
Witnesses said they saw two people jump from the 49th floor of the tower. The first parachutist landed safely and got away unknown, but the second got caught with his parachute outside a closed hotel room window at the 29th floor. He managed to get on a ledge and hung on, and rescue crews pulled him to safety through the window about 20 minutes later. He got arrested and later charged with one count each of disorderly conduct and inducing panic. He was released on $1,100 bond. When questioned about why he jumped, his only comment was: "It's what I do."
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