Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Investigation in Fatal Military Parachute Accident Looks at Training, Procedures

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Investigation in Fatal Military Parachute Accident Looks at Training, Procedures

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Training, procedures eyed in parachute death

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YORKTON, Sask. - A report on the death of a search-and-rescue technician in a parachute training accident says the investigation is focusing on human factors, including training and emergency procedures.

Master Cpl. Alfred Barr, who was a member of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 17 Wing in Winnipeg, died in March while on a training mission in Saskatchewan.

The investigator's flight safety report says the parachute did not open normally and Barr quickly went into a tight clockwise descending spiral.

The report says Barr could be seen making movements similar to those used to untwist parachute lines before he hit the ground.

It further says examination of the parachute did not reveal any evidence of equipment failure. …

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