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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 09 July 1973 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-CDI 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
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