Wind May Have Been A Factor
A skydiver who jumped
with several other people -- including his son -- was killed Sunday
when he slammed into a utility pole. The force of the collision
sheared the pole in half, according to local news reports.
Darrell Breakiron, the 51-year old son of an Erie (PA) jeweler,
had jumped as part of the company's Fourth of July celebration. An
hour before his fatal accident, he and several other jumpers had
been caught by a gust of wind, but none was hurt.
The Erie County coroner said Breakiron died of a blunt trauma to
his chest after he hit the pole, became entangled in the wires, and
brought them down with him as he fell to the ground.
"He was just coming down, and I think he was too low," Jennifer
Dodsworth, who watched the accident from the front lawn of her
mother's house, told the Erie Times-News newspaper. "He just hit
the telephone pole and cracked it."
FAA Preliminary Accident Report
Make/Model: C182 Description: 182,
Date: 07/04/2004 Time: 0015
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
State: PA Country: US
AUTHORITIES RESPONDED TO A REPORT THAT A PARACHUTIST HAD
FALLEN INTO POWER
LINES DURING A PERFORMANCE. THE PARACHUTIST WAS DECLARED
FATAL. ERIE, PA
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1
Fat: 0 Ser:
# Pass: 1
Fat: 1 Ser:
Activity: Other Phase:
Cruise Operation: General
Dep Date: Dep.
Flt Plan: UNK
Wx Briefing: U
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: ALLEGHENY CO., PA
Entry date: 07/06/2004