York skydiving accident: competition to go on, Australian Parachute Federation to be involved in investigation


Skydiving plane takes off during the national championships on Wednesday. Picture: David Baylis
Skydiving plane takes off during the national championships on Wednesday. Picture: David Baylis

THE Australian Parachute Federation will be part of investigations into yesterday’s York skydiving accident that claimed the life of a Victorian man in his 30s.

The experienced parachutist died after a canopy entanglement and collision with another skydiver during a formation jump in the national championships about 5.15pm.

Federation national development manager Robert Libeau told ABC Radio today safety was “always paramount”.

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“This is just an unfortunate rarity,” he said.

“Skydiving is as safe as it can possibly be with technology advancements and all that sort of thing.

“The Australian Parachute Federation, police, the Coroner, everyone will investigate and the outcomes will form some recommendations for the future.”

Competitors met last night and decided to continue the championships out of respect for their fellow jumper.

Mr Libeau said jumpers were competing for a spot on the Australian parachute team.

“So competition will go on as normal but obviously with competitors’ thoughts and hearts for the family and friends of the parachutist who passed,” he said.