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N5784B accident description

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Crash location 38.293889°N, 94.340000°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Butler, MO
38.145861°N, 93.710210°W
35.7 miles away
Tail number N5784B
Accident date 06 Nov 2005
Aircraft type Cessna 182
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The Cessna 182, operating as a platform for skydiving operations, sustained substantial damage during a skydiving flight. The commercial pilot reported a skydiver's reserve parachute accidentally deployed while the skydiver was getting established on the step before jumping from the airplane. The reserve parachute became entangled around the airplane's right horizontal stabilizer and bent the outboard section of the stabilizer and elevator downward. The skydiver was able to get the chute released from the airplane, and when he landed he received serious injuries. The pilot instructed the other skydivers on board the airplane to jump out of the airplane, and they landed safely. The pilot landed the airplane without further incident.

NTSB Probable Cause

The damage to the horizontal stabilizer was a result of the inadvertent deployment of the skydiver's reserve parachute.

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