If you do not have a fear of heights or you simply want to face your fear, skydiving is a thrilling option for those not faint of heart. Although it may seem dangerous, skydiving safety has greatly improved in the last few decades. In fact, despite the inherent danger of jumping out of an airplane, it has very few fatalities.
According to the United States Parachute Association, out of roughly 3.3 million jumps in 2019, there were only 15 fatal accidents. That equates to approximately 1 accident for every 220,301 jumps. For those who are tandem skydiving, the record is even better, with only 1 fatality for every 500,000 jumps.
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The Mid-Hudson Valley, New York Patch reports that a second fatal skydiving accident has occurred in one week.
The accident occurred at about 5:40 p.m. on Sunday, July 5th in the town of Gardiner.
According to state police, 41-year-old David H. Richardson was trying to execute a “swoop” landing when he hit the ground at a high rate of speed. Investigators are unclear as to whether Richardson and his entourage had checked their equipment before attempting the landing.
Richardson was taken by Lifenet to Westchester Medical Center where he sadly succumbed to his injuries despite efforts by doctors.
On June 28th, 40-year-old Williams McCartin was skydiving when he jumped from about 14,000 feet. He was noted to have been wearing a parachute at the time. However, his parachute did not deploy, and McCartin hit the ground and was killed. Police are still searching for his chute and his pack.