BFL246 | 20.9.2014

Ramon Rojas

from Chile

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  • Date & Time: 20.9.2014
  • Location: Swispen, Grindelwald, Switzerland
  • 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
  • Possible Factors: Emergency low pull, Loss of speed-glide, Proximity flying

What do we believe happened?

To cut all speculations and rumors , i will write a Brief description of what happened.

I was on the load and made a 2-way with Ramon but didn't actually see the accident/impact (like anyone else).

Exit on this jump is not super difficult and either is the flight as well.
You have to clear one ledge but you can always abort and fly away from it at the right time to gain altitude and have more time because it drops to one side.
Unfortunately Ramon continued to fly and when he realized he will not make it over he tried to fly away but it was too late and he pulled but it was too late.
He hit ground just after opening or during and died instantly. Found 2-3 min after by our friend which was watching jump.
We called the rescue services which came really fast.

The hike, day and all was OK.
There was no wind or anything else.
Conditions was perfect.
Ramon did this jump a few days before and flew in the same place much higher.
He was current with his wingsuit.

Lesson to learn like on many similar accidents is to have a reference point where you abort your line or pull. If you go too low just pull or fly away and come back to repeat the jump.

It's not easy to write this and please respect Ramon.


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