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At approximately 1259 hours, central standard time, on 14 July, 1974 a parachutist was fatally injured by impact with the ground following a free fall descent near Sanderston, South Australia. Witnesses on the ground saw the three parachutes open but became aware that something was wrong with one which was spiralling to the left and descending much faster than the other two. Observers thought the rigging lines appeared to be twisted for at least three quarters of the way up to the canopy. Just before the parachutist disappeared behind low trees the main parachute was jettisoned and a flash of white was observed as the reserve parachute apparently started to deploy at a very low height.

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General details
Date: 14 July 1974 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1259 CST  
Location   (show map):Sanderston Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 03 December 1974 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:Sanderston
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