Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172D, VH-IAG, Camden, NSW, 21 February 1971

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 1530 hours EST on the twenty-first of February, 1972, a parachutist was drowned in a dam following a static line parachute descent. The student parachutist, was making her first jump and was under the supervision of the Sydney Parachute Group, which had conducted her training. The training included instruction in the techniques of aircraft exits, canopy control, and landing procedure. The parachutist was equipped with a 28 foot diameter main parachute and a 24 foot diameter reserve parachute. For this descent the main parachute was to be operated by means of a static line and the reserve was equipped with a hand operated ripcord. No defect was discovered in either parachute, the harness, or any of the release mechanisms, which might have contributed to the accident.
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General details
Date: 21 February 1971   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1530 EST    
Location   (show map): Camden    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 08 May 1972   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model 172D  
Aircraft registration VH-IAG  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Camden  
Departure time 1530 EST  
Destination Camden  
Last update 13 May 2014