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At approximately 1145 hours CST on 7 October, 1973 a parachutist was fatally injured by impact with the ground following a free-fall descent at Batchelor Airfield, Northern Territory. Examination of the equipment after the accident revealed that the main parachute ripcord handle was out of its stowage, but the release pins had not been extracted from the cones. Tests indicated that a pull on the ripcord of at least 12.7 kilogrammes would have been necessary to open the parachute pack. There was no evidence to show that any attempt had been made to deploy the reserve parachute which was serviceable in all respects.
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General details
Date: 07 October 1973 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1145 CST  
Location   (show map):Batchelor Airfield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 30 November 1974 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172D 
Aircraft registration: VH-RKP 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Batchelor Airfield
Departure time:1145
Destination:Batchelor Airfield
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