Investigation after parachutist collides with elderly woman

PUBLISHED: 12:30 26 June 2014

This picture of the air ambulance was taken by Nick Page Hayman.

This picture of the air ambulance was taken by Nick Page Hayman.

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AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into the moment when a parachutist collided with an elderly woman during Weston’s air festival.

The scene where a parachutist collided with a food van (picture: Pete North)The scene where a parachutist collided with a food van (picture: Pete North)

The parachutist, who was part of the RAF Falcons display team, collided with a food van and an 82-year-old woman when he missed a designated landing zone on the beach during a display on Sunday.

The incident was a rare low point in an otherwise action-packed and successful weekend.

Eyewitnesses described hearing the parachutist shout to ‘look out’ as he approached the ground and realised he had overshot.

Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAAC) was called to attend the scene near the Tropicana at just after 1pm, and arrived 12 minutes after receiving the call.

The air ambulance landing (picture: Pete North).The air ambulance landing (picture: Pete North).

Two critical care paramedics treated the woman for her injuries and she was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with a suspected fractured pelvis.

The parachutist was also taken to hospital, but a spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said he had been released sometime before 4pm.

An investigation will be carried out by the Air Accident Investigation branch of the Department for Transport.

An RAF spokesperson said: “We wish those involved in the incident a very speedy recovery. However, due to the fact there will be an investigation, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.”

A spokesperson from GWAAC said: “The team of paramedics and the pilot say their thoughts are with the lady and wish her a speedy recovery and also with the members of the parachute 
display team after this unfortunate accident.”

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