A Michigan skydiver was killed in a fall Saturday evening, and one woman on the ground was injured during the accident. The skydiver, Kenneth R. Bernek, was 34. The Lansing State Journal shared the details available so far on Oct. 14.
The accident happened Saturday evening at the Ray Township Airport about 30 miles outside of Detroit. Lt. Michael Shaw indicates that Bernek “started falling out of control.” He then hit a tree and then collided with a woman, 53, who was on the ground. The woman hit in the incident did not have life-threatening injuries.
WNDU indicates that Bernek was a skydiving instructor who was from Waterford. Randy Allison, the manager of the Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club, indicates that the skydiver killed in the fall was a 15-year veteran of the sport. It seems he was practicing a “swooping” move, which involves flying horizontally just prior to landing. What went wrong during that maneuver that then led to the skydiver being killed in the fall is not yet known.