UPDATE: Monday, September 24, 2012
A Wichita man was injured Friday in a skydiving accident at the Abilene Municipal Airport.
Patrick Knight, 28, was skydiving at about 7:15 p.m. Friday when he came in for a landing too quickly, according to a statement issued by the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department. Knight struck the ground and suffered injures to his legs, pelvis and back.
Knight was taken to Salina Regional Health Center, where he was listed in serious condition.
Knight was a member of the Kansas State University Parachute Club, which was conducting skydiving sessions Friday at the Abilene airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and is conducting its own investigation, according to the statement.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Federal Aviation Administration officials say a skydiver was seriously hurt when he made a hard landing at a Kansas airport. It happened just after 7 p.m. at the Abilene Municipal Airport in Dickinson County.
An FAA spokesman says the man's parachute was open when he landed. They are investigating the incident to determine whether the parachute was functioning properly.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital. His name and age have not been released.