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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 08 May 1972 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
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
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Last update 13 May 2014