Sunday, June 08, 2008

Oh, dear. We're going to see this poor guy's name again when the Darwin Awards are listed for 2008.

Man jumps from plane with no parachute, dies

Man jumps from plane with no parachute, dies

29-year-old follows team out of aircraft with just a camera

updated 9:42 p.m. ET, Sat., June. 7, 2008

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.

New rule for that flight school -- no more parachute-free photographers or observers allowed. Everyone in the world has a brain-lock moment now and then, but that's obviously the LAST place you want to have one. Because if you do have a brain-lock at a moment like that, it really WILL be the last place you have a brain-lock moment.

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