A skydiver was killed in a fall and he landed on top of a woman on the ground, injuring her, during a Michigan airshow. The 34-year-old skydiver was killed at a Macomb County air field when he attempted a dangerous maneuver that went wrong, then struck a woman on the ground, in this freak accident, reported by Channel 3 Michigan News on Oct 14.
The accident happened on Saturday evening around 6:30 p.m. at the Ray Township Airport, just 30 miles outside of Detroit. Lt. Michael Shaw of the Michigan State Police identified the skydiver who was killed as Kenneth R. Bernek of Waterford.
Shaw said Bernek “started falling out of control, struck a tree and then collided into a person standing on the ground.” The unnamed 53-year-old woman, who was hit by Bernek, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. This sky diving accident is still under investigation today.
Bernek was an experienced skydiver with as many as 1,800 jumps under his belt. He was trying a maneuver that would let him fly close to the ground for a long distance at maximum speeds.
Bernek was involved in a ‘high performance canopy flight’, which is a method of skydiving commonly referred to as “Swooping.”‘This is a difficult skydiving maneuver, even for a veteran skydiver of 15 years like Bernek.