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February 28, 2022

Houston, Texas Skydiving Trainer Dies in Tandem Jump

Student and Instructor Dead Following Unsuccessful Chute Deployment

A Houston, Texas skydiving school lost an instructor and student during a jump gone awry. A local witness said he watched as the falling duo seemed to struggle with their parachutes on the way down. Skydive Houston, a center in Waller, Texas, has acknowledged the deaths of a male instructor and female student on their tandem jump on Saturday afternoon. A witness described the struggle on their way down, saying “He let off his primary and then the secondary chute opened halfway up, so he didn’t fall like a straight fall, he was like 50% chute, like a corkscrew."

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NTSB Prelim: Pitts S-1T

Pilot Reported That After Departure From DWH He Noticed That Engine Power Was Not Responding

On February 17, 2022, about 1448 central standard time, a Pitt S-1T, N731FL, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (DWH), Spring, Texas. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that after departure from DWH he noticed that engine power was not responding to throttle movements. The pilot turned back toward DWH and entered a left downwind to Runway 35L.

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