Aviation AO-2018-001

The skydiving aircraft
The skydiving aircraft
Tandem sky-diving operation, passenger fatality, Lake Wakatipu, 10 January 2018
Status: Current
Occurrence Date: 
10 January 2018
This inquiry is ongoing. The circumstances reported are that during a commercial tandem skydive, where the passenger is attached to a ‘tandem master,’ a possible malfunction of the parachute has resulted in the pair entering Lake Wakatipu. The tandem master was recovered from the lake and taken to Queenstown hospital with reported serious injuries. On the day of occurrence, the passenger was still missing.
Lake Wakatipu (-45.0972,168.7305) [may be approximate]