NTSB Identification: ATL98LA092.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 04, 1998 in GREEN SEA, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 182, registration: N7247E
Injuries: 1 Fatal,4 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the FAA, the skydiver was standing on the strut preparing to jump when his pilot parachute opened and wrapped around the tail section of the airplane. The skydiver was pulled from the strut and into the empennage section. He impacted the right horizontal stabilizer and elevator, causing substantial damage to the tail. The skydiver was fatally injured. The airplane was landed, using the elevator trim, without further incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The inadvertent activation of the skydivers pilot chute, pulling him into the horizontal stabilizer/elevator, resulting in substantial damage to the airplane.

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