Fatal accidents claim the lives of three California skydivers

Posted By Craig McClellan || Apr 21, 2011

For some people, a fatal accident conjures up the image of a very bad car crash. But fatal accidents are not limited to motor vehicle accidents. In fact, fatal accidents can occur in any number of circumstances.

Recently, a fatal accident occurred in the skies above Southern California. Two skydivers collided in mid-air; their parachutes got tangled and both fell 200 feet to the ground. One of the skydivers died from the injuries in the hospital while the other remains in critical condition. This is not the first time that skydiving jumps have turned deadly.

In late March, two men were skydiving and collided in the same airspace as the most recent accident. Both men were killed in the accident. This past weekend, a group of skydivers took a plunge to honor one of the men who died who had been a skydiving instructor.

No known safety violations

There is no existing evidence that shows anything directly responsible for the deaths of the veteran skydivers. Investigators have studied the accident scenes, the number of divers jumping at one time, the weather conditions, the plane and the parachutes and have yet to find a reason why any of the accidents happened.

The airport's skydiving record

The airport in California where the accidents took place is a popular spot for skydivers. More than 150,000 jumps are made there each year, most of them safely and without consequence. However, since 2000, a dozen skydivers have been killed during jumps with the latest three fatalities in very close sequence. Airport officials are still wondering just what could have happened to cause the recent sky diving deaths, asserting that all safety precautions were followed.

Blog Home

Testimonials

  • “I thank you for your kindness and generosity in giving selflessly without reserve. Additionally, please extend my thanks to your staff for their diligent work and encouragement throughout the trial.”

    - A.D.

  • “It was a real honor to preside over a case with you as counsel. In my mind you represent all that is good in our profession.”

    - Judge J.

  • “We wouldn’t be here, in this moment of life without the kindness and professionalism of you all and how you went to bat for us! Eternally grateful!”

    - A.K.

  • “Having had the high privilege of presiding over a number of cases involving national counsel, I want you to know you’re one of the very best [...]. You and those with you were outstanding ambassadors for our profession and once again made me most proud to be a part of our legal community.”

  • “We will NEVER forget what you did for us Craig. We are FOREVER GRATEFUL.”

    - K.V.

View More

Our Awards & Accolades