Mother of eight and two men were immediately killed in the air during a horrible parachuting accident that could easily have been avoided, coroner rules
- Coroner investigated the death of Kerri Pike, 54, who made a tandem jump
- She and the instructor, Peter Dawson, 35, collided in the middle of the sky with Toby Turner, 34
- The coroner ruled that the parachute provided by Mr. Turner was open early was open
- This resulted in a collision with Mrs. Pike and Mr. Dawson, causing them to be killed immediately
A mother of eight and two men killed in a skydiving accident in North Queensland, almost two years ago, died immediately in the air collision, a coroner has been found.
Coroner Nerida Wilson investigated the death of Kerri Pike, 54, who made a tandem jump with a Skydive Australia instructor when they collided with a solo instructor on Mission Beach on October 13, 2017.
Mrs. Pike and Peter Dawson, 35, were above Toby Turner, 34, when his sports parachute opened prematurely and they got up to speed.
Mrs. Pike's jump had been a birthday present from her husband, Alister Pike, who was watching on the beach with one of her children.
Coroner Nerida Wilson investigated the death of Kerri Pike (photo), 54, who made a tandem jump with a Skydive Australia instructor when they collided with a solo instructor on Mission Beach on October 13, 2017
Mrs. Pike and Peter Dawson (left), 35, were above Toby Turner (right), 34, when his sports parachute prematurely opened and they got up to speed
& # 39; The collision was coincidental and occurred when the sports parachute of the solo sports jumper prematurely opened under the tandem pair & # 39 ;, Wilson found on Friday.
& # 39; All non-survivable injuries caused by the collision. & # 39;
She found that Mr. Turner's parachute was too small for his container and outside the manufacturer's recommendations.
She said that Mr. Turner was a seasoned industry professional with packaging qualifications – who would have been aware of potential equipment incompatibility issues.
She agreed with a statement that he had made a mistake about the suitability of the main parachute for the container.
But he may have felt with his skills and experience that he could manage the rig, as he had done before, she said.
Mrs. Pike's jump had been a birthday present from her husband, Alister Pike, who was watching on the beach with one of her children
The coroner has made a whole series of recommendations that she hopes this can prevent another accident from happening.
They include ensuring that no one is allowed to parachute using a main gutter and a container certified by a rigger or & # 39; Packer A & # 39; as airworthy when used together.
The coroner accepted that many of the recommendations have already been adopted or considered.
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