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A parachute display was planned as part of the program associated with an air show. Three parachutists exited the aircraft and performed relative work before separating and deploying their canopies. Two subsequently landed on the target area without difficulty, however the third parachutist drifted downwind and realised he would be unable to reach the target. During the early stages of the jump, one of his contact lenses had become dislodged and trapped under the eyelid. This apparently had affected his depth perception to the extent where he misjudged the approach and landed among the spectators. An elderly woman was struck and received serious injury.

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General details
Date: 15 December 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1430  
Location:Wangaratta Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 22 December 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 180 
Aircraft registration: VH-PKW 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Wangaratta VIC
Departure time:1430
Destination:Wangaratta VIC
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