A skydiving accident in Georgia claimed the life of a teen and an instructor. CBS News reported on the tragedy.
The 18-year-old and her grandmother went skydiving at Skydive Atlanta in Thomaston, GA. The grandmother and her instructor landed safely, but something went wrong with the teen’s tandem jump.
Both the teen and the instructor were killed at the scene. The instructor had been skydiving for 9 years at the time of the crash. According to the report, the main chute did not open right and caused them to spin. The reserve chute did not open until they were too low for it to help.
Skydive Atlanta is working with the FAA to investigate the incident.
Skydiving is a surprisingly safe activity. Statistics from 2010 by the United States Parachuting Association say that there were only 21 deaths out of an estimated 3 million jumps. This can be compared to the roughly 40,000 car accidents that result in fatalities each year.
That said, this high safety record means that when something does go wrong it must be investigated thoroughly. If there was negligence on the part of the instructor or the facility, that would increase the risk of an accident. And with skydiving, an accident is highly likely to be fatal when it does happen.