Wichita-Area Man Dies In Skydiving Accident

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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Update: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Federal aviation experts are investigating a deadly skydiving accident. Wichita-area resident John "Skip" Gallagher, 63, died after an incident at Cook Airfield Tuesday morning.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department said Gallagher and another skydiver jumped out of a small airplane at 10,000 feet. Both jumpers deployed their parachutes at 4,000 feet. Gallagher reportedly experienced complications between deployment and landing. His body was found on the east side of 143rd street, just across the street from where his plane took off.

"From what we can tell, it wasn't a failure in gear," said Air Capital Drop Zone owner Martin Myrtle. "Something else might have happened."

Gallagher's jump partner landed successfully.

Meanwhile, Myrtle described Gallagher as an expert skydiver who was trained to jump in the Army 40 years ago.

"He had in excess of 2,000 jumps," Myrtle explained. "Maybe even close to 4,000."

The accident remains under investigation and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Update: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Investigators are looking into whether a medical condition led to a deadly skydiving accident in southeast Sedgwick County.

Emergency crews were called to the scene near Cook Airfield, 143rd E. and 71st S., just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials said the man jumped out of a small airplane and pulled his chute, but a piece of equipment may have become tangled. The victim then went into a spinning freefall. His body was found on the east side of 143rd St., across from Cook Airfield.

Family members tell KAKE News the victim is John "Skip" Gallagher, 63.

Authorities said Gallagher was an experienced skydiver with thousands of jumps. He reportedly was a skydiver for the Army years ago.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Emergency crews are on the scene of a deadly skydiving accident in southeast Sedgwick County.

It happened near Cook Airfield, 143rd E. and 71st S., just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. Officials have taped off the scene across the road from the airfield.

Dispatchers tell KAKE news a 64-year-old man died while skydiving. No other information is available.

KAKE News does have a crew headed to the scene. Check back for updates.


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