DUANESBURG, N.Y. — A 29-year-old man leaped out of a plane at 10,000 feet with a camera but no parachute Saturday. His body was found next to a house with a damaged roof, police said.
Sloan Carafello of Schenectady, who was observing on the flight, followed an instructor, student and videographer out the door, wearing no skydiving gear, officials said.
Police said they did not suspect foul play but would not elaborate.
Robert Rawlins, pilot and owner of the Duanesburg Skydiving Club, said he was flying the single-engine plane and had begun to close the door when Carafello jumped.
His body was found next to a house west of Albany.
Most are probably familar with The ‘Aha!’ phenomenon, the illumination of discovery. In this case, unless it is ruled a suicide, I wonder when this poor bastard discovered the equal and opposite ‘Oh Shit!’ phenomenon?
One must remember, it isn’t the fall that kills you…It is the sudden stop.
Police Rule Plane Jumper’s Death a Suicide
DUANESBURG, N.Y. — A 29-year-old man who plunged to his death from a skydiving plane with no parachute on Saturday committed suicide, state police said.
Sloan Carafello of Schenectady was described as an observer on the small plane. Witnesses say he leaped out behind three parachuters.
Check this next line out….
“An autopsy on Sunday found that the cause of death was massive trauma”
Carafello’s co-workers tell the Times Union of Albany that he asked them frequently in recent months, “If you had to die, would you rather jump off a building or jump out of a plane without a parachute?”
OK, Coppers..WHAT if he were PULLED…Only takes a slight tug, I would think?