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Tessa Heyl

Date: July 19, 2016 Nationality: Dutch
Object Type: Antenna (Other / High tension powerline)
Location: Gelderland - Afferden, Holland
COD: Impact (Rigging error)
Clothes / Suit: Normal Clothes
Gear / Parachute: Gargoyle container, OSP 225 Parachute.
Age: 28
Experience: 1700 skydives, ~100 base jumps
Time of day: PM


That day, Tessa had worked a night shift as an air traffic controller (stressful job), slept for only a few hours, then did nine tandems, and one fun jump.
After that, she went to inspect her gear, to prepare for the jump.

Tessa had two rigs packed prior to this jump. She opened both rigs to inspect them before jumping, and inspected them in a lit area.

This was a Slider down jump, hand held with 46" pilot chute.

On opening the pins opened the rig but the bridle separated from the canopy.

Very likely a rigging error, the cause of how and by whom being unknown. But all information points toward extreme fatigue played a large role in this rigging mistake

She was an active tandem and AFF jump-master at Teuge dropzone.

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