Illinois Man Tangles Parachute in Power Lines While Skydiving in Longmont

September 20, 2018

Emergency responders treat an Illinois man whose parachute became tangled with power lines while he was skydiving Thursday near Vance Brand Airport in Longmont.

An Illinois man was taken to the hospital Thursday after his parachute became tangled with power lines while skydiving near Vance Brand Airport.

The 29-year-old was skydiving with several others at Mile High Skydiving around 11:15 a.m., according to a news release from Boulder County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Mike Wagner.

At some point, the man went off course and became tangled in power lines at a nearby farm, Wagner said. The man has experience skydiving and is licensed to jump alone.

When rescuers arrived, they found the man conscious and breathing on the ground, though his parachute still was attached and tangled in the lines overhead. He was taken to Longmont United Hospital with a possible back injury.

The power line involved in the incident contained 7,200 volts, but blew a fuse when it came in contact with the parachute. As a result, nearby residents were without power for a brief time, Wagner said. Power was restored after the parachute was removed.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were notified of the incident, Wagner said, and the FAA is handling the post-incident investigation.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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