Cessna from Skydive Sussex flips over following an off airport landing

incidentsA small Cessna from Skydive Sussex carrying 5 jumpers and a pilot experienced engine troubles and was forced to land off. The plane put down in a field near the Sussex Airport in Wantage, New Jersey.  Due to the wet/muddy conditions in the field, the plane flipped over on landing.  Only minor injuries were reported and all occupants are reported to have been able to walked away. Dropzone owner Rich Winstock was piloting the plane.

The incident remains under investigation.

News Report: NorthJersey.com, nj.com

Help a Jumper Out: Nico Inzerella

Washington jumper Nico Inzerella is someone we have worked with in the fall for the past couple of years, supporting the film festival he’s been putting on for jumpers in the Seattle area. We were a little surprised not to hear from him this fall, but there turned out to be a very good reason behind that!

Nico graciously agreed to share his story with our readers.

Setting the stage: It was the first jump/load of the day at Skyfest Boogie. It is a memorial event, meant to celebrate the 10 Seattle area skydivers who passed in a plane crash in 2007 (click here for some history). Most of those jumpers were from Skydive Snohomish, on their way back home from an event.  The 2014 Skyfest Boogie was held at Skydive Chelan (Eastern WA) the weekend of October 3rd. I had misplaced my reserve packing data card and was running around making phone calls to get the documents sorted out. In my haste, I did not do a thorough safety check and forgot to reset my audible.  I really should have not been swooping on this load. I am used to a left-hand pattern, Chelan uses a right-hand one.  I normally jump at Skydive Snohomish at 350 feet above sea level, Chelan is around 1200. This was my first time landing in the swoop area at Chelan. Right there are 3 red flags, and in hindsight, I should have slowed down. 

The jump:  I did a really nice angle jump with some friends. Under canopy, the plan was to follow my friend in, doing a 90 degree turn. We are both in the early stages of learning high performance landings. This is where things get a little hazy. All I remember is pulling my front risers down, then stabbing my brakes – and waking up in the ICU at Harborview Hospital in Seattle.
I had been transported in a helicopter to Wenatchee, WA but my injuries were too severe to treat there, so I was flown on to Seattle.  I do remember joking around with the pilot of the plane and him saying “nope, you can’t jump from this one!” and then giving a nice, hardy chuckle. I spent 8 days at Harborview and then went on to a rehab facility. I have just been released to go home to continue my recovery there. 

Injuries: Shattered pelvic ring, shattered hip socket which lead to a dislocated femur.  I also broke a bunch of little bones in my pelvic area as well as severely bruising my sciatic nerve. I was supposed to be in a wheelchair for 4 weeks, but moved on to crutches about a week ago. The nerve pain is intense and every day the doctors are working to adjust my meds to keep the pain under control. 

I have been in our home in North Seattle since last Friday and now return to my work as the web master/UI UX Designer at the North Seattle College as I can. I start outpatient physical therapy in a couple of days. I am also looking into acupuncture and naturopathy to compliment my current treatments and to and manage pain. Once I am able to do yoga, I plan to establish a daily practice to regain strength and flexibility.  And shortly, my wife is due with our baby, so lots of changes ahead!
I am incredibly thankful for a huge support group of skydivers, families and friends. 

I should be dead, paralyzed or brain-dead. My spine is untouched. I hit my head hard enough to chatter my sunglasses under my G3 – but all systems are well in the head area. This day, I definitely had 10 guardian angels looking out for me. Thanks for listening to my story! 

If you would like to deposit a few bucks in the karma bank, help Nico and family out at the fundraising site that friends have set up: http://www.gofundme.com/fpivwk

Skyfest 2013 video:

Help a Jumper Out: Glenn Williams

Glenn Williams, a jumper from Massachusetts, was visiting Tsunami Skydivers last weekend when he had a fairly serious accident resulting in a broken femur and pelvis. His friend Matthew wrote in to tell us, “One of our awesome skydive peeps recently had a pretty serious skydiving accident while visiting Oceanside and I’m trying to help him and his girlfriend by running a fundraiser to help with the burdens and costs as they deal with the hard road to recovery.”

Glenn and his girlfriend Erica were with a group of other skydivers visiting California to attend another skydiver’s wedding. His home DZ is Connecticut Parachutists, Inc. (CPI) and he also jumps at Pepperell and Jumptown in Orange, Mass.

So if you have a few bucks ready to deposit in the karma bank, help Glenn out at the fundraising site his friends have set up: www.youcaring.com/helpglenn.

Incident at Skydive DeLand

incidentVisiting jumper Aline Leao was hospitalized for injuries sustained after a jump Friday morning, August 1st 2014 at Skydive DeLand, Florida.

According to news reports, Aline had 14 jumps and experienced a problem with her main canopy. She is believed to have cut away very low, or  around 30-40 feet off the ground.  She was transported to Halifax Hospital for further evaluation and treatment for head injuries. Aline remains in critical condition.

The incident is under investigation.

News Reports: News-JournalOnline.com, wftv.com, wftv.com video

Cessna 206 carrying skydivers crashes in Ireland

incidentThe first half of the year, incidents involving skydivers came hard and fast, but now the focus seems to have shifted over to aircraft mishaps.

Thankfully no injuries were reported when a Cessna 206 carrying a number of jumpers experienced engine trouble and had to land in a field near Abbeyshrule, Ireland. This happened shortly after takeoff so jumpers were not high enough to get out.
Excellent job by the pilot.

News report: Westmeath Examiner