On April 3, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m. an experienced skydiver had a main parachute malfunction. The malfunctioning parachute was released too low to allow the reserve parachute to fully open. The skydiver was declared dead at the scene.
The skydiver was participating in an invitational 222-Way world record attempt. However, the incident was not related to the size of the group nor were any other skydivers involved. There were no problems related to aircraft, and weather conditions were good. The name of the skydiver is currently being withheld pending notification of the family.
The whole team met after this accident and amid the hugs and tears agreed to create a special jump, a missing man (sector) formation skydive, to honor their fallen friend.
It is alway a difficult decision for the organizers to make after a tragedy, but the team as a whole has decided to keep moving towards the record. However it will no longer be a two point 222-way. It will be a 2 point 221-way. Our dear friend can not and will not be replaced. The group will continue to hold the slot open in the skydiver’s honor.