Christopher Swales Wiki – Biography
Christopher Swales, died last September during a tandem leap with an instructor that had been a 30th wedding anniversary gift from his wife, according to the Sun. His instructor survived with a broken leg.
A British tourist who died while skydiving in the Grand Canyon had been given a parachute with holes in it, according to a report.
Christopher Swales Age
He was 55 years old.
Swales’ wife, Deborah, 53, who bought him the jump after they renewed their vows in Arizona, declined to comment on the report.
“All the equipment was functioning 100 percent correctly,” a spokesman told the Sun. “It was maintained according to the regulations.”
Cause of Death
Police who checked the equipment found tears in the parachute as well as “numerous” patches that had been sewn on, according to a report obtained by the UK paper.
Pictures showed a series of holes “circled with pen to track movement, or continuing tear, of the material,” the report said, according to the Sun.
The fatal leap was also when winds were at 27 mph, which is 2 mph more than would have been permitted for a jump had Swales been home in the UK.
Police closed the case without action, however, concluding the tragedy had been an accident.
Paragon Skydive has blamed its military-trained instructor Matthew McGonagle, 34, for “panicking” and turning too sharply when he missed the landing zone, according to the paper.
A report by investigators who later checked the equipment has now been obtained by The Sun.
It reveals the canopy had a series of holes “circled with pen to track movement, or continuing tear, of the material”.
It states “numerous” patches had been sewn on and the jump took place when wind was gusting up to 27mph — 2mph more than permitted for a UK leap.
But US police have closed the case, concluding it was an accident.
And a spokesman for skydive firm Paragon insisted: “All the equipment was functioning 100 per cent correctly. It was maintained according to the regulations.”
The firm has blamed military-trained instructor Matthew McGonagle, 34, for “panicking” and turning too sharply when he missed the landing zone.