NTSB Identification: MIA86FA200.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32285.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 05, 1986 in VEGA BAJA
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164B, registration: N6915K
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT OF THE GRUMMAN AG CAT ALLOWED 2 PARACHUTISTS TO BOARD THE RESTICTED CATAGORY ACFT FOR A PARACHUTE JUMPING FLT. EACH PARACHUTIST WAS POSITIONED ON A WING WITH HIS ARM CROOKED AROUND THE RESPECTIVE WING CENTER STRUT. AFTER TAKEOFF, THE PARACHUTIST ON THE RGT WING FELL OFF & PLUNGED TO HIS DEATH. AN EXAM OF HIS CHUTES REVEALED THAT THE MAIN CHUTE HAD BARELY STARTED TO OPEN & THE RESERVE CHUTE WAS NOT DEPLOYED. WITNESSES BELIEVED THAT THE PARACHUTIST FELL FROM ABOUT 400 TO 500 FT AGL. WITNESS TESTIMONY & A POST MORTEM EXAM OF THE DECEASED REVEALED THAT HIS RGT ARM WAS WEAKER THAN HIS LEFT ARM DUE TO A PREVIOUS INJURY & SURGERY. THE OWNER OF THE ACFT WAS NOT AWARE OF, NOR DID HE APPROVE OF, THE USE OF THE ACFT FOR PARACHUTE JUMPING.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PASSENGER



Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED


Contributing Factors

PHYSIOLOGICAL CONDITION..PASSENGER

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