Skydiver killed when parachute collapses at northern Iowa event

A man is dead after his parachute collapsed during a skydive at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. Full Story
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Imagine

Saint Paul, MN

#22 Sep 7, 2010
For those of you who think a reserve chute would make a difference in this case, you are wrong on two counts. First, 100 feet is far too low for a reserve to even deploy, much less open enough to slow a person down. Second, you wouldn't use a reserve for, what sounds like, a partial collapse. The main chute would have re-canopied on its own, but there simple wasn't enough time for that to happen. When the chute collapses, you fall faster (duh!) but in most cases, it will re-open fairly quickly. At 1000 feet, I'd bet he has no problem...at 100, there just wasn't enough time.
Mikey

Minneapolis, MN

#23 Sep 7, 2010
Mike D wrote:
Peter, Golfer Dude, Restin Pieces, Smartass: please go and do a little research into numbers of fatalities per numbers of jumps made - then come back and make an informed comment instead of succumbing to the usual knee-jerk reaction.
The WORST statistic I could find estimates about 1 fatality per 70,000 jumps. The vast majority of skydivers will eventually quit the sport with a small fraction of that number, and in most cases it will take them many years to achieve it. Certainly skydiving is risky, but if I had a 'death wish' I think I'd be looking elsewhere to satisfy it.
I don't criticise your intention to arrive safely at your grave - it's a natural and perfectly valid human instinct. But I do hope you've managed to live a little in the meantime, as did Julio Correa.
The statistics change from year to year depending upon the total number of jumps and the fatalities. For 2009 there were almost 3 million jumps made and only 16 fatalities that's 1 in 187,500.
Go Go Gopher

Saint Paul, MN

#25 Sep 7, 2010
Mr unluckey wrote:
Sorry dude maybe ya should have had two of em like the exspert jumpers. not tring to be bean mean taco ouch. good luck man
What him say?
Diver

Alexandria, VA

#26 Sep 7, 2010
Golfer Dude wrote:
Should have tried golfing. If god wanted this jerk to fly, he would have given him wings.
You are an idiot... He was a good humble kid, that lived life to its fullest... I hope knocking a ball around gives you the same personal gratification he had when he flew... and if God wanted you to fly, think about it the next time you hop on a plane somewhere jerk... they fall out of the sky too...
Diver

Alexandria, VA

#27 Sep 7, 2010
JC, you will be missed ... We had a great time in Iowa ... You left us too early ... regardless what people say, you go when God says its your time... A whisper from God (a slight gust of wind)took you, I guess God had better plans for you... You where an example of truly enjoying this life and living it to its fullest... because of the things you did you were an inspiration to most and the envy of some...

You were a great skydiver, surfer, and snowboarder... Your friendship meant a lot to me and I know you know we all love you...

To the people of Iowa and its skydiving community, Thank you for your hospitality, all of you made us feel welcome and we consider you all part of our extended family... We will see you next year.

Blue Skies my friends...
Rob
PR Diver
Mike D

London, UK

#28 Sep 7, 2010
Mikey wrote:
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The statistics change from year to year depending upon the total number of jumps and the fatalities. For 2009 there were almost 3 million jumps made and only 16 fatalities that's 1 in 187,500.
Mikey, exactly so. I deliberately picked the worst sample I could find to show that even then the risk of death is far, far lower than people outside the sport would tend to assume - the point being that to jump from aircraft is not automatically to invite death. We accept the risk, put a lot of effort into trying to minimise it, and consider it worth the reward.

Rob (PR Diver), very sorry that you lost your friend. Blue skies to him and to you.
Patricia

Green Bay, WI

#29 Sep 13, 2010
Julio was my friend. Skydiving was his passion. He had many other passions as well..he had such a love for living life to the fullest. I'm sadden by some of the other comments. He was one of the coolest guys I knew and respect him a lot. My thoughts go out to his other friends and family. I'll miss you JC.
Border Patrol

Britton, SD

#30 Sep 14, 2010
Julio jumped a border then thought nothing could stop him.
I guess you could say, mexican men can't jump either.

Stay in your seats when on a plane people.
Money Shot - usmc

Washington, DC

#31 Sep 14, 2010
Ahh you border patrol guys you.... you truly are the most ignorant bunch of our law enforcement departments... I hope you enjoy walking up and down a fence...

Since: Sep 10

Minneapolis, MN

#32 Sep 16, 2010
sad day, i always thought people brought extra parachutes with them for this reason. guess not. my condolences to the family and friends.

Since: Sep 10

Minneapolis, MN

#33 Sep 16, 2010
Golfer Dude wrote:
Should have tried golfing. If god wanted this jerk to fly, he would have given him wings.
oh come on haven't you ever had a dream to fly?
neta

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#34 Sep 17, 2010
ignorants. a life was lost. the fence, the sunday, the death wish comments are completely out of line. people that skydive have a life wish, not a death wish. we celebrate life everytime we see the green light and take that leap. we dance in the sky as did JC.
and for those who think this is a joke to be making outrageous comments... just wait... everyone gets what they deserve...
witness

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

#36 Nov 8, 2010
Mikey wrote:
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Although reserves are designed to open quickly, being under canopy, vs. being in freefall, is going to reduce the amount of time it takes for the reserve to fully deploy. I highly doubt that the canopy would have deployed far enough to even matter in this instance. Add the additional issues that can occur with 2 canopies out and the existing wind gusts I don't think it would have helped. Until the investigative reports are released, or I hear from first hand accounts, it's hard to say exactly what happened when the canopy collapsed and whether anything could have been done to recover.
I saw it happen...nothing he could do.
Left side collapsed, right side kept fliyng straight to the ground. It all happened in 2 seconds. RIP JC!
Dan

Los Angeles, CA

#37 Nov 13, 2010
Restin Pieces wrote:
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You idiot--millions more people drive cars and boats than skydive, so naturally they are going to be more deaths. Have you ever heard of percentages? You're obviously a tea-bagger.
There were something like 44 deaths out of 3 million skydives last year. Most of the deaths occured because of pilot error.8729
Dan

United States

#38 Nov 17, 2010
I love how people who know NOTHING about skydiving make statements like "death wish", "jumping off a cliff" or better yet "Gratuitous risk taking gone bad, go figure" = that one takes the cake for being the biggest idiot.

Blue Skies !!

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