published Monday, August 1st, 2011

Quadriplegic man dies in skydiving accident

KALISPELL — Flathead County officials say a 27-year-old quadriplegic man with five years of skydiving experience died in a weekend skydiving accident in northwestern Montana.

Sheriff Chuck Curry says Zack Fogle of Kingston, Washington, died Saturday afternoon when his parachute failed to open after a jump at the Lost Prairie Boogie, an annual skydiving event near Marion.

Undersheriff Jordan White says Fogle had limited mobility in his extremities after being struck by a car in high school, but had a custom-built parachute and was certified as a skydiver. He had completed more than 125 jumps and had participated in the Lost Prairie Boogie before.

An investigation found Fogle failed to manually deploy his primary or emergency parachutes and an emergency deployment mechanism that would have released his emergency chute was not activated prior to the jump.

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dao1980 said...

Oh man, that's terrible.. and kinda ironic.

At least this guy had a good time and explored adventure while he was alive. I know folks with "all systems functional" that do little more than sit on a couch and watch tn whilst enjoying some high end spiount.

August 1, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
HannaBeckman said...

In other words, he commited suicide as no attempt was made to deploy chutes, and emergency chute was not activated

August 1, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.
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