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Skydive Jump Death of Jonathan Bullar Ruled Accident by Fayette County Ilinois Coroner Jury Verdict, at Vandalia, IL.   reported the recent Coroner’s Jury Verdict below concerning Jonathan Bullar who was making his 9th  parachute jump:

1/19/2011 - Skydivers death ruled accidental



The death of a 24-year old Missouri skydiver has been ruled accidental by a coroner’s jury. 24-year old Jonathon Bullar of Maryland Heights, Missouri was making his 9th jump at Archway Skydiving Center at the Vandalia Airport on October 9th when he fell to his death upon his parachute failing to properly deploy. During Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowens inquest last night, evidence of an equipment malfunction was presented as a loop on the Cypress or automatic deployment device was not ran through the guillotine cutter which allows for deployment of the reserve chute. Bullar was said by witnesses, who were spectators at the time of the accident, to be spinning and out of control as he approached the ground when the Cypress device fired at 790 feet and the chute was not able to fully inflate prior to Bullar striking the ground. After deliberating for about an hour, the coroners jury returned their finding of an accidental death due to testimony and evidence showing that Bullar was out of control during his descent and up until the moment of impact and that because of equipment failure, came to his death by the reserve parachute not properly deploying and inflating.

Below is the  Story reporting on the Coroner's Jury Verdict:

Skydiving center owner made parachute

mistake, Maryland Heights man killed after jump

Posted on January 20, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Updated yesterday at 11:01 PM

(KMOV) – The Fayette County coroner’s investigation shows that the owner of Archway Skydiving Center in Vandalia made a mistake packing the emergency parachute of a 24-year-old man from Maryland Heights who jumped to his death in October.

A jury in Fayette County ruled that Jon Bullar’s October 2010 death was an accident.

The coroner says Bullar, who was jumping on his own, got disoriented and did not pull his main chute until he was 100 to 200 feet from the ground, which was too late for his chute to open properly.

However, his emergency chute should have opened properly.

The device acts much like a black box does on a plane. The device signaled for the emergency chute to open at 790 feet, but it was not packed correctly by the mater rigger, who is also the owner of Archway Skydiving.

The center is closed for the winter season, which might be why calls to Archway went unanswered.

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