Veteran Skydiver Killed After Midair Collision
Details of the San Diego Skydiving Accident
U-T San Diego is reporting that a master skydiving instructor was killed Sunday after colliding with another skydiver in midair. It is believed the man, identified by Fox 5 news as Jordan Janway, 27, was knocked unconscious and his parachute never opened.
Normally Janway used a device that would automatically open his chute in the event of an emergency but had sent the device out for maintenance last week. Staff at Skydive San Diego, where the accident occurred, say that Janway was an experience skydiver, having performed over 1,000 jumps.
During the week, Janway worked as a master parachute rigger for Skydive San Diego. On the weekends he would train and assist other jumpers on maneuvers.
Janway is believed to have been practicing advanced techniques that can propel divers up to 120mph when his head struck a nearby jumper in the leg before disappearing out of the sight. The other jumper landed with no injuries. Rescue crews found Janway’s body in the foothills of Otay Mountain later that evening.
Skydiving Accident Statistics
- The United States Parachute Association (USPA) says approximately 3.1 million skydives were performed in 2012.
- Out of those 3.1, the USPA estimates that there were 19 fatal skydiving accidents and 915 skydiving injuries.
- The group also notes that most skydiving accidents result from human error.