Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rescue Tech Who Died in Accident Had Chute Tangle, Lost Track of Height: Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rescue Tech Who Died in Accident Had Chute Tangle, Lost Track of Height: Report

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Chute malfunction cited in death: report

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OTTAWA - A military investigation report says an accident that killed a search and rescue technician near Yorkton, Sask., in March 2017 came after the man's chute became twisted as he jumped in a low-level exercise.

It says Master Cpl. Alfred Barr waited too long to cut away his tangled main chute and deploy his reserve.

Barr, who was qualified as a jumper but relatively inexperienced, was taking part in an exercise involving a jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft.

He had completed his semi-annual parachute emergency training two days before the accident.

The report says Barr followed his team leader out the aircraft door during the jump from just over 600 metres, but rolled slightly in the slipstream after he exited and when the static line pulled his parachute open, the suspension lines became twisted. …

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