BSBD – Plane crash in Finland

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BSBDcrop smEight jumpers lost their lives in a plane crash in Jämijärvi, Finland yesterday (April 20th, 2014). A total of 11 people were onboard. Three people, one of them the pilot, were able to bail out and landed safely under their canopies, suffering minor injuries.

The aircraft, a Comp Air 8, is reported to have run into engine trouble during the climb and then lost altitude rapidly. Investigation to determine the cause is underway.  The plane had been flying jumpers attending an Easter Boogie.

We send our deepest sympathies to friends and families of those lost, and to the skydiving community in Finland as a whole.

News Reports:, (in English), (in Finnish),

BSBD Robert Waspe

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BSBDcrop copyFlorida jumper Robert Waspe died following injuries sustained during a hard landing (2-out) at Skydive City, Zephyrhills, FL. Robert was seen under his main canopy, and then the reserve fired. The main was then observed to streamer, resulting in a spinning reserve until impact. Robert was transported to a hospital, where he died few hours later.

The details of what happened or in what order are not fully known at this stage, and may never be. The main canopy was a Pulse 170 with an Optimum 160 reserve, in a CYPRES2 equipped ICON container, with the RSL hooked up.  After initial inspection, all gear was found to be in good working order.

Robert was considered a heads-up, safe jumper with years of experience in the sport. A 2-out situation is can be a tricky one to handle – prevention may be the best medicine. Some years ago Performance Designs released a paper on the topic that remains a good read (PIA Dual Square Report).

We send our condolences to his friends and family. He will be sorely missed at several Florida DZ’s.



BSBD: Fatality in Eloy, AZ April


BSBDcrop smEarly this morning an experienced skydiver participating in the 222-way record attempts at Skydive Arizona died following a low cutaway. The name and nationality of the jumper has not yet been released.  We will update this post with that information once it becomes available.

We send our condolences to the friends and family of the jumper, as well as to the participants of the 222-way and everyone in Eloy.

Skydive Arizona released the following statement to the media:

On April 3, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m. an experienced skydiver had a main parachute malfunction. The malfunctioning parachute was released too low to allow the reserve parachute to fully open. The skydiver was declared dead at the scene.

The skydiver was participating in an invitational 222-Way world record attempt. However, the incident was not related to the size of the group nor were any other skydivers involved. There were no problems related to aircraft, and weather conditions were good. The name of the skydiver is currently being withheld pending notification of the family. 

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased. 

News Reports: ABC News,


BSBD: Brian Drake

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BSBDcrop smAmerican jumper Brian Drake has died from injuries sustained on a wingsuit jump in Switzerland, Saturday March 29th, 2014.  Bryan had jumped with Dan Vicary and Ludo Woerth, who both died on that jump.

A group has been set up on Facebook for those that would like to share memories, kind words or photos with his family. Please proceed with utmost respect should you chose to visit. We send our sincerest condolences to Brian’s family and friends.

BSBD Jordan Janway

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BSBDcrop copyJordan Janway died Sunday March 30th, 2014 following a freefall collision during a tracking jump over Skydive San Diego, CA.  Jordan was an experienced jumper, as well as an instructor and a rigger. He was a member of staff at Skydive San Diego.

Jordan is reported to normally have jumped with an AAD, but had shipped it off for service the week prior. The other jumper landed without incident.

Our deepest sympathies to Jordan’s friends and family and everyone at Skydive San Diego.

News reports:, UT San Diego,