BSBD Andrei Ryndin – Russian CP Team

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BSBDcrop smCanopy pilot Andrei Ryndin, a member of the Russian Canopy Piloting team died Thursday July 24th, during a competition  jump at the Russian Canopy Piloting Championships in Aerograd Kolomna, Russia.  It was his 3rd jump of the day.
Andrei was an active and current skydiver. He was reported to be flying a Performance Designs Peregrine, a canopy made especially for competitive canopy pilots.

Canopy Piloting is an unforgiving sport where mistakes can result in serious injury or death.

Our sympathies to Andrei’s family and friends.

News Reports: (English)

BSBD Frederick Platt, Jr – canopy collision

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BSBDcrop smFormer Navy SEAL Frederick Platt died on Sunday in the wake of a canopy collision at Skydive Midwest in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.  Frederick was an experienced jumper with around 2000 jumps and was a local at Skydive Midwest.  The other jumper, Neil Kuhlman was not seriously injured.

The incident is under investigation.

Frederick leaves behind his wife Stacy, pregnant with their first child. A fund has been set up to support the family. If you would like to contribute, please click this link for further information. We send our sincerest condolences to Skydive Midwest, family and friends.



News Reports: JSOnline,

BSBD: Brad Vale

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BSBDcrop copyExperienced jumper Brad Vale died in an accident at Parachute School of Toronto in Georgina, Canada Saturday July 5th, 2014 from injuries following a low turn. Brad had over 2000 jumps and was very experienced with high performance canopies.
The incident is pending investigation, but at first glance there do not seem to be other contributing factors.

We our deepest condolences to Brad’s family and friends.

News Reports: CityNews Toronto,,

BSBD: Skydiving Plane Crashes in Poland

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BSBDcrop copyA plane from Skydive Rudniki in Poland crashed today shortly after takeoff, with twelve people on board (11 jumpers and a pilot). Eleven people have died and the twelfth is seriously injured. The aircraft was a Piper Navajo and had just taken off from Rudniki, near Czestochowa. Witnesses reported the engine making an odd noise.  At this point the exact cause of the accident is not clear and is pending investigation. We send our deepest condolences to friends and family of everyone involved.

News Reports: BBC, The Guardian,

BSBD: Jeff Nebelkopf

Photo courtesy of Scotty Burns

BSBDcrop smWingsuiter Jeff Nebelkopf has died from injuries sustained in an accident at Skydive Sebastian on Sunday, May 25th.

The incident is pending investigation. Preliminary reports state that Jeff experienced a malfunction on his main canopy, resulting in a hard spin. His AAD activated and an entanglement occurred as the reserve pilot chute launched. Jeff impacted at a high rate of speed.

Jeff was an artist in and out of the air, well-known for his pioneering work in the wingsuit worlds of both skydiving and BASE jumping.

Photo courtesy of Scotty Burns

Photo courtesy of Scotty Burns

A memorial group has been set up via Facebook to allow Jeff’s friends to share memories, photos, stories, support and love.  We send our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and the tight-knit community at Skydive Sebastian.