BFL146 | 12.4.2010

Geoffrey Robson

from South Africa

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  • Date & Time: 12.4.2010
  • Location: Hutchinson Buttress, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Category: BASE Fatality
  • Object Type: Earth
  • Cause Of Death: Impact in terminal freefall
  • Clothing - Suit: Unknown - Unspecified WSUnknown Wingsuit by Unspecified
  • Canopy: Unknown
  • Container: Unknown
  • Packing & Setup: Slider Up BOC Vertical
  • Weather: Sunny, Winds light and variable
  • Possible Factors: Loss of speed-glide, Proximity flying

What do we believe happened?

Geo was an experienced wingsuit pilot and set out this day to fly over the saddle at Stellenbosch. Geo was confident he could fly over the saddle and clear it by 50-100m. At 9:08 Geo lept from his exit point and began his flight. The other jumpers noticed at one point in his flight Geo's legs fold back a bit to lower his altitude but it is uncertain why he did this or if it was a concious decision at all. Soon after Geo left the view of the jumpers up top they heard the sound of his impact with the saddle.


More info from His close friend "He was a great guy with an abundant enthusiasm for wingsuit flying- but ......he was a beginner pilot who was hanging around all the experienced jumpers. He only had one - two years in the whole sport of basejumping from first basejump to flying big wingsuits. he was a classic example of too much -too soon. I jumped with him alot and his exits were poor- classic head high student exits. I think it is important to differentiate. Lest others think they are experienced. It is easy now for beginners to successfully do a basejump/wingsuit flight and think that just because it was an advaced spot- then they are good. Knowing your real ability is key factor for every jumper- including myself"


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