CAA to probe skydive death

2010-02-02 00:00

THE Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched an investigation into the parachuting accident that claimed the life of a Cape Town woman at the weekend.

Hymne Cajeux (34) fell to her death during a freefall skydive from 12 000 feet at the Durban Skydive Centre at Eston near Cato Ridge on Saturday.

According to a statement by Parachute Association’s national safety and training officer Mark Bellingan, Cajeux’s parachute was activated too low for a successful deployment and resulted in a high-speed impact with the ground.

Cajeux had started her skydiving training in December 2009 and had completed 18 skydives.

Neil de Lange, CEO of Recreation Aviation Administration of South Africa, said the accident had been handed over to the CAA’s Accident Unit for further investigation.

“Although we are responsible for recreation aviation, the matter was handed over to the CAA.

“It is a tragic incident and we send our condolences to her family,” he said.

He said that once the investigation is finaliied, a report on the findings will be released.

 

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