FAA Releases Final Report on Longmont Skydiving Death
The Federal Aviation Administration has released the final report on a fatal October skydiving trip in Longmont, but it provides little new information.
A preliminary report released in December ruled the fatal trip on Oct. 18 an accident, and that determination is upheld in the final report.
Logan Polfuss, 23, and eight other skydivers went up shortly before 1 p.m. with Mile-Hi Skydiving, based out of Vance Brand Municipal Airport.
The next day, Oct. 19, Boulder County sheriff’s deputies found Polfuss’ body in a field in unincorporated Boulder County near the airport. His girlfriend reported him missing when he didn’t come home for dinner at around 9 p.m., hours after his scheduled jump.
The only new information in the final report, obtained by the Times-Call on Wednesday after submitting a records request, reveals that the automatic activation device functioned as designed.
An automatic activation device automatically opens the main or reserve parachute at a certain altitude or after a certain amount of time. The device was sent to the manufacturer for evaluation, according to the report.
Polfuss was jumping in a tracking suit for the first time, according to the report. The tag on the suit recommends the wearer complete 400 free-falls before using it. It also recommends using a 36-inch diameter pilot chute. It’s considered an expert suit.
Polfuss had completed about 180 jumps at that time, according to the report. The pilot chute he jumped out of that day was only 29 inches in diameter.
According to an autopsy report, Polfuss died from multiple blunt force injuries. The coroner ruled his death as accidental , and the pathologist who completed his autopsy said he believes that Polfuss died on impact with the ground.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has not yet completed its report on the incident.
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, firstname.lastname@example.org