NTSB Identification: CHI89LA012.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37778.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 09, 1988 in SPARTA, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N4717D
Injuries: 5 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.

THE AIRPLANE LANDED UNEVENTFULLY AFTER A SKYDIVER STRUCK THE HORIZONTAL STABILIZER FOLLOWING AN INADVERTENT DEPLOYMENT OF HIS MAIN PARACHUTE AS HE WAS PREPARING TO EXIT THE AIRPLANE. THE SKYDIVER WAS NOT INJURED AND DESCENDED NORMALLY.

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

EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT..INADVERTENT ACTIVATION..PASSENGER

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