A skydiver was killed in a fall Saturday night while attempting a "swooping" maneuver at the Ray Township Airport in Michigan. 9and10News reports Oct. 13 that 34-year-old sky-diving instructor, Kenneth R. Bernek, of Waterford was pronounced dead at a Macomb County airfield after he unexpected fall struck a tree then a woman on the ground during the risky maneuver. The 53-year-old woman was treated for non-life threatening injuries following the incident.
State police Lt. Michael Shaw told reporters that the accident happened about 6:20 p.m. Saturday. Ray Township Airport is about 30 miles north-northeast of Detroit.
Shaw described the skydiver who was killed from the fall as "started falling out of control, struck a tree then collided into a person standing on the ground."
Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club manager Randy Allison told The Macomb Daily that Bernek was a seasoned skydiving veteran with 15 years of experience under him. He was killed while practicing a "swooping" move that involves flying horizontally before landing.