Tandem Jump Turns Deadly in Mississippi
Equipment malfunction eyed in crash that killed instructor
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2013 10:56 PM CDT
   (AP Photo/Skydive Warren County, Inc., Elod Otbos)

(Newser) – A skydiving teacher in Mississippi was killed and the student he was on a tandem jump with was critically injured after an apparent equipment malfunction. Other skydivers said there appeared to be some "entanglement with the lines" before the pair crashed into a remote swamp, the local sheriff tells the AP. The widow of instructor Jimmie Horak Jr., 56, says her husband had completed more than 8,000 jumps and was a "very, very skilled skydiver. Very safety-conscious." The FAA will inspect the parachutes to see if they were properly rigged.

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watashiwa
Aug 5, 2013 6:24 AM CDT
I know JH from jumps into the Florabama and Wednesday beach jumps into P'cola beach. There were few as serious and safety minded... RIP and best wishes to the tandem student.
pg13
Aug 5, 2013 1:51 AM CDT
I like the parasailing picture. 2 guys in bathing suits. Almost relevant! /What, you couldn't find a picture of Mary Poppins flying with her umbrella?
justsaynn
Aug 5, 2013 12:52 AM CDT
You know, is skydiving, you start off plummeting to the ground. To stop that, you must deploy your chute. If, for some reason the chute does not function properly, you are still plummeting to the ground. I have to wonder about participating in an activity where you HAVE to do something in order to stop instant death within a few scant minutes. As a hang glider pilot, I certainly can relate to adventure, moderated risk and the great view, but in my 35 years of flying, I am never plummeting to the earth, and have never had to use my back up chute.