Tragic Skydiving Incident: French Pilot Found Guilty in 2018 Fatal Collision, Faces Flying Ban and School Penalized

French court convicts pilot of manslaughter for 2018 skydiving tragedy, imposes flying ban and school penalty amid worldwide skydiving incidents.

Nov 22, 2023 - 19:33
Nov 22, 2023 - 19:34
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Tragic Skydiving Incident: French Pilot Found Guilty in 2018 Fatal Collision, Faces Flying Ban and School Penalized
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A skydiver tragically lost his life when a plane's wing struck him shortly after his jump in July 2018. On Wednesday, Montauban criminal court in France reportedly found the pilot responsible for this incident guilty of unintentional manslaughter, resulting in a suspended sentence.

The pilot, whose identity remains undisclosed, was spared from serving jail time but was banned from flying for one year. Nicolas Galy, 40, was the unfortunate victim in this incident, which occurred moments after he left the aircraft.

The skydiving school in Midi-Pyrénées, where the pilot was employed, faces a €20,000 penalty, with half of this amount suspended. 

Reports from French media, including Le Parisien, reveal that the pilot began descending the aircraft towards the runway immediately after the skydiver's exit, without prior coordination on the flight path.

This lack of communication and coordination was highlighted both by the victim's family lawyer, Emmanuelle Franck, and the president of the court, who cited negligence and carelessness in the incident. In the aftermath, safety protocols have been enhanced, mandating detailed briefings.

In July, 43-year-old Julio Fredy Pardo—an experienced skydriver who had made over 3,000 successful jumps—reportedly died in Ricaurte—a municipality in the department of Cundinamarca, central Colombia—after he collided with his girlfriend midiar. 

In October, a man was found dead in Florida after he fell to his death during a skydiving incident gone wrong. 

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