Sheriff’s Department: 1 Deputy Killed, 1 Injured in Rancho Cordova

Parachutist Hits Powerlines, Survives; FAA Investigating

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.


Power lines and people don’t mix, particularly when those people are jumping from an airplane.

The FAA is investigating an incident at Parachute Center Sunday afternoon – where just that happened.

An experienced, 62-year-old parachutist landed on power lines and is now at the UC Davis Medical Center with severe burns and electric shock.

The FAA is looking at three things in particular with Sunday’s incident:

First, whether or not the parachute had been packed within the last 180 days by a certified parachute rigger.

Second, whether the same is true of the reserve chute.

Third, the FAA wants to know if the chute was made of mold, mildew and fungus resistant material – and problems that could significantly weaken the chute and line strength.

There have been close calls at Parachute Center, like the grandma who nearly fell out of her harness and the man who got tangled in his lines and nearly impaled on a grape stake.

Related Story:

Parachutist Plummets into Vinyard, Recounts Ordeal

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s