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The deceased had been one of a group of four persons undertaking a one day parachute training course. None had any prior parachuting experience. They received about five hours of ground training in normal and emergency procedures, including the correct body position to adopt for a static-line deployment of the parachute. This method of deployment was to be used on their first descent. Each person then successfully completed both a written and an oral examinations of those procedures. The four students then boarded the aircraft along with their instructor and an experienced parachutist, who was to make a video recording of each jump. After takeoff the aircraft climbed to 2500 feet above the drop zone and the first two students completed safe exits and descents. The deceased was expected to jump as the aircraft made a third pass over the drop zone but did not do so and another circuit was made to allow her more time to prepare herself. On leaving the aircraft she was observed to be hunched forward with her arms and legs outstretched, instead of the correct position with the stomach and pelvis pushed forward and the arms and legs spread. She rapidly assumed a stable position on her back, facing upwards, with her body bent and her arms and legs raised. The pilot chute was observed to inflate and pass over her right shoulder until it began to flutter near her head. The main parachute opening sequence failed to continue beyond this point, and the deceased appeared to make no attempt to change her body posture, deploy her reserve parachute or interfere with her parachute equipment before she struck the ground. An examination of the equipment used by the deceased indicated that both the main and reserve parachutes were capable of normal operation. It is considered that the main parachute failed to deploy because of the incorrect body position adopted by the student after she left the aircraft. The reason she then failed to follow emergency procedures was not determined.

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General details
Date: 10 May 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Wilton Occurrence type:Miscellaneous - Other 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 30 November 1987 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 207 
Aircraft registration: VH-UBX 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Wilton NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Wilton NSW
 
 
 
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