NTSB Identification: ATL83LA222.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21709.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 28, 1983 in TALLASSEE, AL
Aircraft: CESSNA 182F, registration: N3112U
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 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.

AS THE STUDENT JUMPER WAS GETTING OUT OF THE AIRCRAFT AND ONTO THE STEP IN PREPARATION FOR A PARACHUTE JUMP THE PACK TRAY PREMATURELY OPENED AND THE CANOPY BLOSSOMED UNDER THE TAIL PULLING THE JUMPER INTO THE HORIZONTAL STABILIZER CAUSING A CUT ON HIS LEFT SHIN. ABOUT 15 INCHES OF THE RIGHT HORIZONTAL STABILIZER AND ELEVATOR WERE SHEARED BY THE JUMPER. THE REMAINDER WAS CRUMPLED AND DEFORMED FROM MID-SPAN OUTWARD. A WITNESS STATED THAT THE ONLY WAY THIS COULD HAPPEN WAS IF THE PILOT HAD THE YOKE BACK AND THE TAIL LOW. IN OTHER PREMATURE OPENINGS THE WITNESS HAD BEEN INVOLVED WITH, THE PARACHUTE OPENED UNDER THE TAIL AND THE JUMPER ALSO WENT UNDER THE TAIL CLEARING THE AIRCRAFT STRUCTURE IN ALL CASES.

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

MISCELLANEOUS..ABOVE..PASSENGER


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT CONTROL,ELEVATOR..LOSS,PARTIAL


Contributing Factors

HORIZONTAL STABILIZER SURFACE..LOSS,PARTIAL


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..OTHER PERSON

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