NTSB Identification: CHI06CA028.
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Accident occurred Sunday, November 06, 2005 in Butler, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 182, registration: N5784B
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The Cessna 182, operating as a platform for skydiving operations, sustained substantial damage during a skydiving flight. The commercial pilot reported a skydiver's reserve parachute accidentally deployed while the skydiver was getting established on the step before jumping from the airplane. The reserve parachute became entangled around the airplane's right horizontal stabilizer and bent the outboard section of the stabilizer and elevator downward. The skydiver was able to get the chute released from the airplane, and when he landed he received serious injuries. The pilot instructed the other skydivers on board the airplane to jump out of the airplane, and they landed safely. The pilot landed the airplane without further incident.

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

The damage to the horizontal stabilizer was a result of the inadvertent deployment of the skydiver's reserve parachute.

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