Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182, VH-CDI, Camden, NSW, 15 October 1972

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At about 0930 hours EST on 15 October, 1972, a parachutist was drowned in a dam following a static line parachute descent. The student parachutist, was making her third jump, her first jump on this day. She was under the supervision of the Airborne Parachuting Centre which had conducted her training during the preceding four weeks. Her initial training and the two previous jumps had been carried out under the supervision by an instructor, who also conducted the pre-jump training before this jump. The training included instruction in the techniques of aircraft exits, canopy control, landings and emergency procedures. When it. became apparent that the student was about to land some distance from the Dropping Zone another parachutist proceeded to the landing area to provide assistance and found that she had descended into a small dam of irregular shape approximately 600 square yards in area and some 6 feet deep at the point of entry. The dam was situated some 1,330 yards west-south-west of the Dropping Zone marker. The parachute harness was found to be still firmly attached to the parachutist and she was tangled in the rigging lines.
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General details
Date: 15 October 1972   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0930 EST    
Location   (show map): Camden    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 09 July 1973   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-CDI  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Last update 13 May 2014