A skydiver who suffered serious injuries when his main
parachute didn't work is a veteran of the sport, with more
than 1000 jumps under his belt.
The 35-year-old Taupo man was flown to Nelson Hospital with
multiple injuries, including possible back injuries, after he
landed heavily on grass at Motueka aerodrome this afternoon.
He was skydiving above the aerodrome when his main parachute
failed to work properly because of a steering fault, said
Skydive Abel Tasman owner Stuart Bean.
The skydiver had an "uneventful freefall'' but after his
parachute inflated he wasn't able to steer it, he said.
He cut away from the main chute and then opened his reserve
shute. It opened only 230m above the ground so didn't have
time to fully develop, causing the man to land hard, said Mr
Earlier reports that the reserve shute didn't open were "not
entirely correct", he said.
The man was treated by paramedics at the scene before being
taken to hospital.
The issue with the main chute was very uncommon, and the
company would carry out an investigation to find out what
happened, said Mr Bean.
The injured man had travelled from his home in Taupo to
Motueka to take part in the 11th annual Good Vibes skydiving
festival, being held until Sunday.