Due to popularity, we decided to publish this older article online as well. Originally printed in June 2011.
Letters to the Editor about the article are published in the comments. Scroll all the way down to read them.
Skydiver Michael Kearns says, “I think it’s time.” Fourteen years after one of the worst mass-fatality accidents in skydiving history, Kearns and fellow jumper Trond Jacobsen have decided to disclose personal conversations and information about the incident to fellow skydivers. Many news reports at the time were incomplete or incorrect, stating the usual “their parachutes failed to open” explanation.