A man is in critical condition after a Dallas skydiving accident in Whitewright on Sunday afternoon.
Details about the Skydiving Accident in Whitewright
According to first responders, a 54-year-old Dallas man’s parachute only partially opened, and he landed in a field just north of Barley Road in Fannin County.
The man was then flown to the Plano Medical Center in serious condition. According to Skydive Dallas, the man has 13 years of skydiving experience and has made over 650 jumps.
The Fannin County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the accident. The identity of the man has not been released at this time.
Skydiving Accidents in the United States
According to the United States Parachute Association (USPA), 2014 was the year of the lowest number of skydiving fatalities in the sport’s history. The National Safety Council reports that someone is much more likely to be killed getting struck by lightning or being stung by a bee. The United States Parachute Association also reports that:
- In 2014, there were an estimated 3.2 million jumps in the United States.
- Of those 3.2 million jumps, there were 24 skydiving fatalities in the United States.
- In 2014, there were a reported 729 skydiving injuries out of those 3.2 million jumps.