A skydiver was killed in a fall at the Kuntsman air strip in Michigan on Saturday. On Oct. 14, Belge Info reported that Kenneth Ryan Bernek, 34, lost control during his jump. Bernek hit a tree on his way down and then collided with a woman on the ground. The woman was injured but is expected to be okay.
Emergency crews worked on Bernek on the scene but Bernek was unable to hang on. He later died at a nearby hospital. Many people were shocked to hear what had happened because this type of accident is pretty rare given the training and experience of the jumpers at the Macomb county club.
The skydiver killed in the fall was a member of the Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club. It is not believed that this was his first jump. In fact, if you look at his Facebook page, you will see that he has participated in quite a few jumps. It looks like he had been a member of the club since 2009 which gave him at least four years of solid experience assuming he jumped regularly.
Because of the government shutdown, the FAA has not provided any details regarding this accident. A spokesperson did say, however, that a full investigation will be conducted.
A skydiver killed in a fall is almost always a tragedy but the risks jumping out of planes are always high. Bernek died doing something that he loved, though his hobby was extremely dangerous.
© Effie Orfanides 2013