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At 1109 hours CST on 12 March, 1972, a parachutist was fatally injured by impact with the ground following a free fall descent at Lower Light, South Australia. The weather was not a factor in the accident and the dropping zone was satisfactory. When the main parachute was inspected after the accident the pins were found to have been extracted from the cones and the folded parachute, still contained in the sleeve, was beneath the pack in a manner consistent with the pack having opened at impact. The ripcord handle was partly withdrawn, also in a manner consistent with this having occurred at impact.
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General details
Date: 12 March 1972 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1109 CST  
Location   (show map):Lower Light Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 05 April 1973 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172A 
Aircraft registration: VH-UEV 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Lower Light
Destination:Lower Light
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Last update 13 May 2014