A skydiver, on his first ever skydive, committed suicide by cutting his own cords. Just to kill himself, he paid 175 for the beginner's course. And, after bad weather stopped the first jump, he had to wait a fortnight until he was able to jump and kill himself.

Skydiver cut own parachute cords
1st May 2006

An investigation is under way into the death of man who cut the lines of his parachute after jumping from an aircraft.

The 27-year-old man was said to have been behaving normally before the 3,500ft jump from a light aircraft that had taken off from Old Buckenham Airfield, near Attleborough in Norfolk.

However it was understood that as soon as his parachute opened, he took off his helmet, which had a built-in radio to speak to his instructor on the ground, and threw it away.

The Times reported that the man then used a pair of gardening secateurs or scissors to cut the cords on his parachute.

The man, from London, landed near the airfield and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

The man was said to have paid 175 for a beginner's course at the UK Parachute Services training centre, based at the airfield.

Chief instructor Jason Thompson told The Times: "There was nothing to indicate he had any problems at all. I didn't have any part in his training, but apparently he was just a normal sort of student.

"If we had been unhappy with his mental state we would not have allowed him to go up.

"People on the ground were aware of the situation as he was doing it, but there was nothing they could do."