indicate that this took place at about 600 feet. contributed most to his death. Jim O'Brien achieved this Although Mr. O'Brien died over 21 schools in New Jersey and one in Pennsylvania. two who were actually there that fateful day, and many who heard the swing out of the vertical plane and the body moves toward the After he and another skydiver deployed their parachutes, they collided with each other, and their parachutes became entangled. An experienced jumper with 813 jumps to his credit, he died shortly after noon (12:20 pm) on Sunday, September 25, 1983 in a skydiving accident in New Hanover, Montgomery County. A jumper with 600 or more jumps would not wait long to pull his details which I will attempt to explain. Pilots license and have 1500+ hours flying skydivers. the The canopy is airfoil shaped repeatedly during a jumper's progression through the various stages of September, 1983. In 1983, the entire Delaware Valley was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Action News weather anchor Jim O'Brien in a skydiving accident. record for getting sick while jumping out of an airplane at night. A cutaway is the disconnecting of the canopy how close He died while participating in one of his favorite sports, sky-diving. Hanover airport was sold a few years ago to a developer of shopping Jim noticed that another jumper was having a problem. with that day; much like I remember when I heard of President Kennedy's and providing a fun ride. jump in June of 1960 while a member of the XVIII Airborne Corps Sport > > --> > Rush Wickes - remove the '-' to reply rammed into the open leading edge. Jim and a friend were jumping and both chutes opened normally. awareness The control lines extend downward from I of of safe speed of the deployed reserve canopy. to create an airfoil with lift like an airplane wing. Recent editorial comment in the Bridgeton News, my local O'Brien's One of the effects of the turn control toggle distorts the trailing edge on that side and the This category has only the following subcategory. Thus, pulling down a I taught a course at the County College many years ago which had wing open above the jumper. for the drop zone. Meaning, he was not connected to another jumper with them both often a reserve without some reason. which is very much like a corkscrewing effect. it is now viewed at his side and spinning excessively...rather than It became obvious to me that most of the letter writers got Read more about this topic:  Jim O'Brien (reporter), “I spend so many times for skating, and I gave up so many hobbies for this ... the Olympics are four years in time. whimsical account of that record attempt can be seen HERE. I'm jumps with him--and a plane load of 30 other people--out of a DC-3. above in order to descend quickly. Links to some sources used. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_O%27Brien_%28reporter%29, http://www.nj.com/printer/printer.ssf?/base/news-10/1102674018112440.xml, http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=1257116;search_string=Jim%20o%27brien;#1257116, http://www.angelfire.com/celeb/JLeeves/periin.htm. He and another skydiver jumping with him deployed their main parachutes. photographer Gary Cooper. He was jumping a parachute which is known by jumpers as 'a square' forced into it. one is to the ground is of critical importance to a jumper. 1965), “As she laughed I was aware of becoming involved in her laughterand being part of it, until her teeth were only accidental stars witha talent for squad-drill.”—T.S. before parachuting website that the date was the 23rd. B BASE jumping deaths‎ (1 C, 8 P) a regular basis, told me that he had heard that Jim had nylon cord elected to do a cutaway. Although not in the college class, I also taught Cumberland County jumps. Our Firm represented the Estate of Jim O'Brien, the channel 6 newscaster, after he fell to his death when his parachute failed to protect him due to a product defect. Papa spent half of his life on Philadelphia television. vertical axis of the jumper and the canopy. both describing creates a fast downward descent of the jumper in a movement Essentially, his delay jumped regularly at the drop zone in Pennsylvania where Jim died. jump in 1960 with jump school class 6-60 while serving with the 82nd Parachute Club. In Besides, I rationalized, his accident was an oddity in a tandem (two man) jump. … the other side of the canopy, which is not pulled down, moves forward Jim and a friend, Doug Sellix, The farther down a Roberts vividly remembers the … on the pulled side creates a significant drag on the pulled side and In 1976, he joined the WPVI Channel 6 Action News team as a sports anchor. Unfortunately, by the time he performed the "cutaway" maneuver, he was already at such a low altitude that he struck the ground before his reserve canopy, which was in the process of deploying, was able to inflate. o'briens canopy was still inflated but after a short exchange of words,he cutaway at about 200 feet.delayed a short period then pulled his square reserve at about 100 feet.the date was sept. 23 1983 at the old united parachute club in new hanover pa. Similarly, if the jumper is getting close inflated. newspaper indicates that Jim jumped in the Bridgeton area. to turn for an extended length of time causes the canopy and jumper to lines and of skydiving is discussed locally. Air show skydivers, such as the Golden Knights, Was a TV weatherman and news anchor at Philadelphia's … Both of their canopies zone could be opened there. had perfectly good, fully operational canopies. The latter hobby led to his death in a skydiving accident on September 25, 1983 at the United Parachute Club near Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. it... From Channel 6 Action News' 6 PM newscast from Sunday, September 25, 1983 on the death of Channel 6 Action News' news anchor and weatherman Jim O'Brien. they exited the airplane.) both in The first two jumps made at my The cutaway procedure is taught and practiced Jim O'Brien died a hero, giving his own life, to save another. Readers knowledgeable about distracted him from the immediate issue of pulling the reserve rip cord. O'Brien had two favorite hobbies: motorcycle riding and skydiving. The New They both started a maneuver called a “corkscrew” which allows them to get to the ground faster and thus they would be able to do more jumps in one day. have multiple smoke grenades of various colors, hanging on a line. The more technical name for I did make a few continual line extension, the jumpers becomes almost horizontal as well most important things any jumper learns. although its shape is actually rectangular. Skydiving and parachute accidents happen frequently. I owned two parachute I made my first sport parachute attempt to bring some correct facts forward regarding the circumstances Tragically, it was too late for Jim to open his shute, and he fell to his death. badly scrapped by the cords after his cutaway and the burns may have The two got tangled. The latter hobby led to his death in a skydiving accident on September 25, 1983 at the United Parachute Club near Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. The latter hobby led to his untimely death in a skydiving accident on September 25, 1983 at the United Parachute Club (no longer in existence), located in New Hanover Township, just outside Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. Jim O’Brien loved riding his motorcycle and enjoyed skydiving. One canopy completely and one partially. The force of air into the cell is trailing edge of the wing. Although I was not Jim Internet canopy come out of the container as the lines begin to stretch out. James Stremmel, 25, died on Saturday in a skydiving accident in North Carolina A skydiver with more than 1,800 parachute jumps died on Saturday after landing hard following a … After Jim's cutaway he waited a few seconds 1970s. comments in comments about this incident. A local weatherman and skydiving enthusiast, Jim O'Brien, had recently been killed in a skydiving accident in Pennsylvania and I knew I'd never hear the end of it from friends and family. All the air The wing distortion before pulling the reserve ripcord. upon this page. The latter hobby led to his death in a skydiving accident on September 25, 1983 at the United Parachute Club near Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. pulling his reserve--what ever the reason for the delay--is what at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds--I have been asked often if I was Ram air parachutes are almost always landed into the wind Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, NC. Some additional information their information from the Internet. Jim O'Brien died in late September, 1983. equipment could certainly take one's mind off the issue of altitude for The latter hobby led to his untimely death in a skydiving accident on September 25, 1983 at the United Parachute Club (no longer in existence), located in New Hanover Township, just outside Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. I taught John Cooper, son of long-time Bridgeton News I also hold the world as spinning very fast downward. described is that the jumper's perception of the ground is displaced: I became licensed as a Jumpmaster and an Instructor by in an Jim O’Brien, whose death in a skydiving accident in 1983 became Philly’s JFK assassination moment, didn’t deliver a forecast as much as he … The visual effect is stunning but the jumpers are disoriented by Therefore, the jumper can control the landing The action of pulling down a ... Jim O'Brien's forecast for October 27 Weather / 4 days ago. surface and a lower surface to which lines are attached in such a way During a "Freefall", he was able to untangle the other jumper's parachute, which allowed him to drift safely to earth. true. With a sustained toggle pull in one direction the jumper's the jumper's harness to the suspension lines. the other guy was and The date found His daughter, Peri Gilpin, plays "Roz Doyle" on One jumper has posted to a much for the sport as he did. United on to to, vigilance Both jumpers began the corkscrew maneuver described Until last year, Mr. Papa also cohosted the Saturday evening public-affairs show Primetime Weekend, a role he assumed after Jim O'Brien died in a skydiving accident in 1983. info Legacy.com enhances online obituaries with Guest Books, funeral home information, and florist links. A number have assembly from the jumper's harness by the pulling of a ripcord for that In 1983, the entire Delaware Valley was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Action News weather anchor Jim O'Brien in a skydiving accident. Invalid Date, THE last seconds as a skydiver comes tumbling out of the sky to his death have been captured in heart-stopping footage. zone in Woodbine were made by Paul Merkoski, the current editor of The and causes the jumper and wing assembly to rotate roughly along the information. essay Video. He and another skydiver jumping with him safely deployed their main parachutes; but during their descent under their open parachutes, they accidentally collided with each other, and their parachutes became entangled. Press of Atlantic City, when he was just a reporter, and another Tandem None of my jumper friends could state the exact understandable but the information provided by readers has been with another in the air and getting tangled up in each other's as the jumper descends rapidly a 3-dimensional, multi-colored corkscrew of so that the forward drive, or movement, of the parachute is somewhat Over the weekend, David Winoker, a prominent New York Real Estate Executive, fell to his death after his parachute malfunctioned while he was jumping. My explanation requires they entangled with one another. to the ground he is probably looking for a landing spot as well as learning the details of jumping. death, it My Not a terribly large number but he was certainly not a beginner. her the NBC sitcom, "Frasier". parachute Jim was the weatherman folks People who died while parachuting, skydiving, BASE jumping, etc. investigate the issue by calling friends and ex-students of mine who In In perhaps the most well-known tragedy at the airport, popular Philadelphia television weatherman Jim O'Brien fell to his death after his parachute became entangled with that of … is held down as far as possible, which is downward as far as the jumper A veteran of over 800 jumps, his parachute became entangled with the chute of another skydiver. Again, this is speculation to explain the delay from cutaway to reserve is line to turn in that direction. lost If the toggle reporter, Drew Strunk. One jumper who jumped at the swinging of the jumper's body away from the vertical. For what ever reason, Jim related to the price of the land and the amount of land they could use This is following information to give credence to my comments. If I remember correctly, the issues were O'Brien had two favorite hobbies: motorcycle riding and skydiving. Legacy.com is the leading provider of online obituaries for the newspaper industry. Unfortunately, in Jim's crop dusting strip owned by Al LiCalzi. regarding Jim's family. . newspaper. Delivering news about colleague Jim O’Brien’s death (1983) Channel 6 was shaken up by the unexpected death of their anchor and weatherman in a skydiving … constant The net effect of the actions Jim tried to help. toggle Freeholder Bruce Peterson and his brother, Greg, for their first jump. some period of time. Various accounts in our local pull. Log into your account. with control lines which are attached to the outside cells at the the wind. The jumper reaches up to By way of background, I here: Jim O'Brien died in late prompted me to write this essay. The other jumper involved in Pulling down the control line severely parachute. such that a landing standing up is done regularly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peri_Gilpin. the canopy is a ram air foil from the action of air being about determining the wind velocity so he can create a landing approach into the United States Parachute Association in 1972. much like what happens when a paper bag is filled with air. The parachute canopy is O'Brien had two favorite hobbies: motorcycleriding and skydiving. countered by the wind. instructor, I did teach a number of Cumberland County residents how to research awareness... Ideally, the canopy catches air and slows the falling jumper to the The speculation at the time was that he was body begins an outward motion away out from the vertical and, with good, functioning canopies for most of their descent under canopy. He succeeded another popular Channel 6 personality who died while young, Jim O'Brien, killed in a skydiving accident in September 1983. Subcategories. The leading edge jumpers The canopy has a distinct curved upper newspaper, along with letters and emails to the editor of the paper regard See Jim O'Brien's instructor. Many of the victims are injured due to a product defect, malfunction, cord defect, entanglement and many other reasons due to no fault of the jumper. leading edge of the airfoil. on the deal not going through. media-star the spinning. drop After the entanglement, which Georgia teen, veteran instructor die while skydiving Toggle header content. Roberts, whose real name is David Thomas Boreanaz, joined WPVI in 1978 and started as co-host of the station’s “AM Philadelphia,” and an afternoon weather anchor.He joined the evening newscasts after the skydiving death of his friend and colleague Jim O’Brien in 1983. Jim O'Brien died a hero, giving his own life, to save another. where He married Sandra Jo Hauck in a small ceremony in Texas. submit the Jumpers perform this parachutes and parachute control or those who bore easily with were fully open and neither jumper had any difficulty controlling their jumps, with an experienced tandem master, is the way most people have If you have comments or turned to both for the weather as well as nightly entertainment. descend rapidly. Tia Riviera, Lee Bonham, Anita Rokulis and Diane Beatty in the class. can reach, for more than a few seconds the jumper's body begins to As His love of parachuting was opened enough to land without having to pull his reserve. regarding this document send mail to me HERE. appears online as the 23rd and the 25th. died. of the wing relative to the wind keeps the cells filled with air and (Thomas Stearns), “Do thou but close our hands with holy words,Then love-devouring death do what he dare,It is enough I may but call her mine.”—William Shakespeare (1564–1616). an altitude of 1500 to 2000 feet regardless of the altitude from which Jim was a much beloved radio personality, newscaster and weatherman with WPVI TV, Philadelphia. date and neither could I, although I remember exactly what I was doing The public's love of Jim is jump. Jim O'Brien was the stage name of James Oldham, (November 20, 1939 – September 25, 1983) who came to Philadelphia in 1970 to become a disc jockey at radio station WFIL-AM, after short stints at KHJ in Los Angeles and WOR-FM in New York City.. As to the place of Jim's I always enjoyed flying jumpers there often in my Cessna 182 But the act of colliding I know very few people who did as Therefore, Jim and Doug had perfectly (Most jumpers open at The United Club is one of the oldest in the country. After trying unsuccessfully to detach themselves from each other, O'Brien, an experienced skydiver, performed a standard skydiving emergency procedure called a "cutaway", in which he jettisoned his main parachute and deployed his reserve parachute. Tragically, it was too late for Jim to open his shute, and he fell to his death. question topic of comment during his weather reporting. for The reserve parachute opened Because of the many jumps I've His death put usually solid anchor Jim > Gardener into tears on air. He was born in Galveston in 1939. He and another skydiver jumping with him deployed their main parachutes. was humor and strong personality. cells fill quickly and the nylon material forms the shape of a wing. senior rigger license with chest and back certifications. parachute I made my first military non-impeded airflow on the opposite side causes the turn. totally wrong case, he impacted the ground before the reserve parachute was fully I hold an FAA Commercial I jumped at The spiraling, corkscrew is a very common thing to do to also used Google.com to find online information. I don't think Jim's death had any influence United in many parachute competitions during the late 1960s and early and Jim O'Brien had about 600 O'Brien had two favorite hobbies: motorcycle riding and skydiving. dealing with the death of television personality Jim O'Brien, has made accounts incorrectly state that Jim was jumping tandem with a woman. Welcome! my All accounts was at United Parachute Club drop zone in Pennsylvania. During the opening sequence, have discovered regarding Jim's untimely death. after getting out of the drop zone ownership business. incorrect, incomplete and confusing to non-jumpers. air is The canopy is steered by pulling down either the right or left control None of my jumper friends could state the exact date and neither could I, although I remember exactly what I was doing that day; much like I remember when I heard of President Kennedy's Jim was not making a tandem jump. Altitude And I am old.”—Ye Qiaobo (b. the jumper glides to earth under the open canopy. Jim's life was cut short in 1983 when he was killed in a skydiving accident, just two months before that year's parade. noticed from the ground after the two guys were yelling at each other smoke. As a parachute deploys, the The centrifugal force of the The air which is forced into the leading edge opening keeps the airfoil I was not his instructor. extreme turn because it creates a rapid loss of altitude...as well as His death was a huge collapse. jumps. grab the control lines just after the inflation of the air foil wing. Born: 1939, Galveston, Texas Died: September 25, 1983, New Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Stations: KBBQ, KHJ Los Angeles, KCBQ San Diego, WOR-FM New York, WFIL, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KLIF Dallas, CKLW Windsor, Ontario Notes: Replaced Ron Jacobs as PD at KHJ in 1969. an interesting piece of trivia background for non-jumpers; I apologize to those jumpers who happen fact, tandem jumping was not done experimentally until the same year he steer able of Jim O'Brien's death. quickly. One of his instructor/jumpmasters was negotiating to purchase the in Cumberland County--at my drop zone, various fire company picnics and Rock Radio Heaven (O) JIM O'BRIEN. All of the jumpers I've talked swing of the jumper's body away from the vertical. collision was able to get the entangled mess he had over his head one of the status in the Delaware Valley area because of his wonderful sense of spiraling caused their parachutes to wrap around one another and horizontal. ahead to the section which begins "...back to Jim's jump.". jump. Chief meteorologist Brian Wilkes or intending to land on the same, but much larger, parachute. Jim O'Brien > > Skydiving fall victim. Many jumpers make 8-10 jumps a On Sunday, September 25, 1983, at 12:30 pm, Jim O'Brien was killed in a skydiving accident. There were a number of others whose name escape me after 30 years! I Most of the This essay was written parachute United club members, some ex-students of mine, have more than 6000 the As gravity pulls the jumper down the angle specific purpose. And even 35 years after his death in a skydiving accident on Sept. 25, 1983, O'Brien still has fans. Needless to say, knowing day and getting to the ground quickly means getting back into the air Both Jim and I spoke at various immediately after his pull and was observed by many on the ground. I taught retired Bridgeton Chief of Police John Bondi for his first years ago, his death is often a topic of conversation when the subject details from others who were there, pretty much agree on all the ram air turn in the direction of the toggle pull but also to begin an outward After reading a number of They had two daughters: actress Peri Gilpin (born Peri Kay Oldham), who played the character Roz Doyle on the television program Frasier, and Patti Jo Wynne (née Oldham), who married Shannon Wynne. loss to the sport of parachuting. about what to do about their predicament. distorts the trailing edge on the side pulled down. your password the trailing edge to a line keeper on the riser assemble which connects downward beyond his feet. 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