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Skydiver recorded the moment he jumped from plane without parachute

Skydiver recorded the moment he jumped from plane without parachute

Ivan Lester McGuire had done 800 jumps previously, but he tragically forgot his parachute on this occasion

In haunting footage, a skydiver recorded the moment he jumped out of plane without a parachute.

Obviously, activities such as skydiving are hugely popular these days, with thousands of Americans taking to the skies to experience a thrill.

For me personally, it is something I wouldn't be rushing to do, despite how fun it may potentially look.

But while jumping from a plane seems pretty dangerous, these days there are certainly less risk.

The parachute is of course the most important thing, but tragically, one skydiver completely forgot it during a jump back in the 1980s.

In April 1988, Ivan Lester McGuire was filming a parachuting lesson at 10,500 ft in the air, as a student and an instructor from the Franklin County Sport Parachute Center took part.

But as shown on the footage, McGuire grabbed his camera and jumped from the plane, but he was missing one thing - a parachute.

The skydiver jumped out just a matter of seconds before the instructor and the student, filming their jump in the process.

The skydiver jumped out just a matter of seconds before the instructor and student.

But as he tumbled down to the ground, McGuire realized he was missing his parachute, much to his panic.

His footage captures the haunting few moments before impact.

The final words McGuire said on the recording were: "Oh my god, No!"

Nancy Fayard, wife of parachute center owner Paul Fayard, was quoted in the news at the time, as per AP, saying: "No one was aware that he got on the plane without a parachute. Of course no one knew or they would have stopped him."

The incident was particularly surprising considering the skydiver had over 800 successful jumps under his belt, leading to officials believing he may have been tired or preoccupied.

"We haven’t gotten all the facts yet. But there is a regulation, No. 105, that states that the pilot must check - well, no one may jump unless the pilot checks the parachutes,” FAA inspector Walter Rigsbee said at the time.

A lengthy investigation took place following the incident.

Pilot Mark Luman was even questioned surrounding the incident, while officials immediately ruled out suicide from their investigation.

It was finally concluded that McGuire simply forgotten his parachute and his death was accidental, in what was truly a tragic and unfortunate incident.

McGuire died at the age of 35, as he hoped to launch a career as as a skydiving photographer, according to AP.

The skydiver's body was found between one and one-and-a-half miles away from the airfield where the plane took off.

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Topics: US News