Final Report: Parachutist killed in premature jump

 - December 1, 2008, 8:58 AM

Hawker Beechcraft Beech 99, Bowling Green, Mo., June 21, 2008–A parachutist was killed because he failed to follow procedures/directives by not waiting to jump until the green jump light was illuminated, resulting in his hitting the tail of the airplane, according to the NTSB. The Skydive Factory commercial pilot reported that before he had slowed the airplane for the jumpers and before he had turned on the green jump light, two parachutists jumped prematurely. The first realized the airplane was going faster than it should be and rolled into a ball, barely missing the horizontal stabilizer. The second hit the stabilizer with his head; his toxicology report showed a low level of marijuana in the blood, which implied he had used marijuana in the previous days or weeks.