Skydiving center owner made parachute mistake, Maryland Heights man killed after jump

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Posted on January 20, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 20 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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