BFL288 | 25.6.2016

Michael Leming

from United States of America53 years

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Unknown

BASE SEASONS

1200

SKYDIVES

Unknown

WS SKYDIVES

235

BASE JUMPS

Unknown

WS BASE JUMPS
  • Date & Time: 25.6.2016
  • Location: Waterfall exit, Lysefjorden, Norway
  • Category: BASE Fatality
  • Object Type: Earth
  • Cause Of Death: Malfunction, Misrigging
  • Clothing - Suit: Colugo 2Expert Wingsuit by Squirrel
  • Canopy: Unknown
  • Container: Unknown
  • Packing & Setup: Slider Up BOC Vertical
  • Weather: Sunny, Winds light and variable
  • Possible Factors: Gear failure, Incorrect rigging setup

What do we believe happened?

"The Jumper in question, whilst on the exit point, had realized his bottom pin had become dislodged. After taking off his gear and re-adjusting his pin into the closing loop, he had packed himself a pin lock malfunction. As you can see, it seems that whilst the jumper was on the exit point closing his bottom pin back, he has not taken the bridle and pc out of its stow and continued packing it differently as to how you would whilst packing after a jump. Because of the pilot chute still in its stow and the bridle tucked away under the bottom closing flap, he has effectively closed it with the bridle on the inside of the closing loop..
This caused the pilot chute when pulled would expand in the air and start the sequence but stopped when it reached the pin because of the way it was figured.

The jumper died immediately after pilot chute/bridle fully extracted and impacted at high speed.

Please, as a warning to others whilst base jumping, take the time to slow down and remember to do all the things you have been trained to do and not skip any steps whilst packing your ONLY parachute."

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