A Canadian Air Forces report has concluded human error is the main cause in the 2017 death of a Canadian Forces Search and Rescue technician near Yorkton.
31 year old Master Corporal Alfred Barr was a member of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron, based at 17 Wing Winnipeg.
In it’s final report, the Canadian Air Force says Barr was doing a live static line parachute jump over the Yorkton Airport in March of 2017.
As he left the aircraft, Barr appeared to be caught up in the plane’s slipstream, which caused his left leg to move upwards and his body to roll slightly to the right.
The parachute didn’t open properly, and Barr was seen trying to untangle the twisted lines instead of cutting off the faulty chute and deploying his backup parachute.