Skydiver's chutes never opened: Witness

Skydiver Mike Koo was killed near Innisfail when his parachute didn't open.

Skydiver Mike Koo was killed near Innisfail when his parachute didn't open.

Dave Dormer, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

CALGARY — The experienced skydiver who fell to his death near Innisfail, Alta., on Saturday night never managed to open his main and reserve parachutes, a fellow skydiver says.

Mike Koo, 34, was skydiving with friends about 110 km north of Calgary when something went terribly wrong, said Dave Withrow, a tandem master at Skydive Big Sky who was jumping from another plane at the time.

“What we call what happened is loss of altitude awareness,” he said.

“Basically when you go for a skydive you’re supposed to open up your parachute at approximately 4,000 feet off the ground and something happened that caused him to not realize what altitude he was at.

“It’s not normal at all, but it’s not something we could ever possibly know what was going through his mind while it was happening.”

Withrow said Koo had between 200 and 300 jumps under his belt.


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