By Neil Halligan
Parachute malfunctioned according to reports
Dubai Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a Saudi national in a skydiving accident.
Jeddah-based newspaper Okaz reports that Majid bin Saleh Al Shuabi was killed on Thursday when his parachute failed to open properly and became wrapped around his body at Skydive Dubai’s Desert Campus in Margham.
His brother, Thamer, told the newspaper that Majid was an experienced skydiver with hundreds of jumps.
In a statement on its Facebook page, Skydive Dubai’s Desert Campus confirmed that Dubai Police, as well as its own safety investigators, were investigation the incident.
“We are saddened to confirm the passing of a member of the skydiving community. Our safety investigators and the Dubai Police are currently investigating the incident, and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage. The extended family is being notified and we request that the privacy of the family be respected at this difficult time,” said the statement.
Last year, there were 36 deaths worldwide from Skydiving, according to DropZone.com, which reports all known skydiving fatalities. That was almost half the previous year’s total of 58.
I find these kind of sports always frightening (like most).
Agreed it is adventure/adrenaline sports etc, but its almost like you are challenging nature, You go thousands of feet in the air, make a free fall, and just make your life depend on a mechanical packing "assuming" it will do what its supposed to do....
My prayers and condolences go out to Mr. Majid bin Saleh Al Shuabi's family, and even more to the brothers who were with him at the time....