Last Words From 35-YO Skydiver in 1988 Fatal Descent Continues to Haunt Even Today

Published 12/20/2023, 7:35 AM EST

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On 2nd April 1988, it was just another day of skydiving at the Franklin County Sports Parachute Center in North Carolina. But little did the veteran jumper Ivan McGuire, who had completed over 800 jumps, imagine that it would be his last leap when he was filming a student and an instructor midway in the air. It was his 3rd jump of the day but didn’t realize he was missing one crucial thing when he jumped from the plane from a staggering height of 10,000 feet. He had dived without a parachute.

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In the tragic video, we can see that Ivan who had jumped a few seconds ahead was shooting the fall with a specially rigged camera. Everything went fine until the instructor and student opened their parachutes and when it was Ivan’s turn, he said, “Oh my god, No!” The jumper unknowingly recorded the chilling moments before he hit the ground. 

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McGuire’s body was later discovered in the woods about one and a half miles from the airfield he had taken off from. As reported by The Mirror, in an interview with UPI, Captain Ralph Brown said in a statement,  “It kind of appears he reached for his parachute and didn’t have one. You could only see the instructor and the student falling on the video. But the release for his parachute is on his right hip, and when that right hand goes down, the left hand goes forward and it comes into camera view.”

He further added, “It’s kind of boggled in there, and it sounded like he may have said, ‘Oh no,’ right after his left hand came into view. Then the pictures get to moving real fast because he’s approaching the ground at 150 mph. The only thing the camera shows is the ground coming.” Captain Brown was ’99 percent sure’ that the 35-year-old was never wearing a parachute.

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It was a heart-wrenching moment for the viewers who unwillingly witnessed the heart-wrenching moment as they saw the skydiver plummeting into the lap of death. 

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Unraveling the mystery behind the tragic dive

At the time, pilot Mark Luman was investigated to see if he had checked to see if McGuire was wearing a parachute. FAA inspector Walter Rigsbee said, “There is a regulation, No. 105, that states that no one may jump unless the pilot checks the parachutes.” Even the Franklin County Sports Parachute Center owner Paul Fayard‘s wife Nancy Fayard said, “No one was aware that he got on the plane without a parachute. Of course, no one knew or they would have stopped him.” None of the other 11 jumpers in the plane could remember whether McGuire had a parachute on.

Even though it was a tragic death, after further investigation, foul play or suicidal intent has been ruled out. It was later decided that McGuire must have mistaken his camera gear for his parachute since both of them bore a similar weight, causing an accidental death. Captain Brown confirmed and said, “I think in the excitement over taping the show, I think he just forgot his parachute. As far as the sheriff’s department is concerned, it was an accident.”

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That day luck turned out to be awry in the case of Ivan McGuire, where his skydiving passion met with an unforeseen end. His story serves as a sobering lesson highlighting the unforgiving nature of aerial sports and the cruciality of adhering to safety protocols.  

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