Skydiver Medflighted After 'Hard' Landing
by Tim Wood
CHATHAM --- A
32-year-old Scituate woman was injured while skydiving at Chatham
Municipal Airport Wednesday afternoon.
The woman suffered
multiple injuries and fractures to her lower extremities after a “hard
landing,” according to Fire Department Lt. David Ready. After she
was treated at the scene, Medflight was summoned and she was taken to
Beth Isreal Deaconess Hospital in Boston. The department received an
emergency call at 12:18 p.m., he said.
Ready said her injuries could be life threatening.
The woman jumped with
Skydive Cape Cod, which operates out of the George Ryder Road Airport.
All the company's skydives are done in tandem, with the passenger
connected to an instructor with a harness. Police Sergeant William
Glover said the instructor told him the jump was uneventful until a
sudden wind gust or turbulence disrupted the airflow beneath the
parachute, causing a “sudden stop.” Because of that, the passenger hit
the ground first, rather than the instructor.
Glover identified the
instructor as Marcus Silva. The passenger was identified as Tricia
because the injury occurred on town property. He said it was the first
skydiving accident at the airport that he was aware of.
“It was an accident,”
said Airport Commission Chairman Richard Hunter, adding he expects the
airport operator will file a report on the incident. “I'm surprised
these things don't happen more often.”
More about this
story as it develops.