Maui, HI – Man Killed in Skydiving Accident at Hana Airport
November 9, 2022
Maui, HI (November 09, 2022) – A man from Maui died in a skydiving accident at the Hana Airport in east Maui on Monday, November 7th.
According to the Maui Police Department, emergency responders were dispatched to the Hana Airport at about 3:05 p.m. Upon their arrival, officers located the victim lying on the ground, unresponsive, in severely critical condition. Police attempted life-saving measures. These measures were eventually overtaken by responding medical personnel. Their attempts at resuscitation ultimately proved unsuccessful,
Although the investigation is ongoing, officials believe the man was performing a solo skydiving jump when something went terribly wrong and the victim struck the ground upon landing. Reports show that when rescuers found the victim, he was dressed in full skydiving gear, wearing a helmet and his parachute had deployed.
In spite of the responder’s attempts at reviving the man, he was pronounced deceased at the scene. He has since been identified as a 58-year-old man from Wailuku. Authorities are currently working to notify his family.
No additional information has been released as the investigation is still underway.
The incident is currently categorized as a miscellaneous fatal accident.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Recreational Accidents in Hawaii
In Hawaii, recreational accidents can take place in a wide array of various activities. Almost every type of entertainment or recreational activity you can imagine is available on the islands. Some of the more physically demanding activities include bodyboarding, bodysurfing, surfing, cliff jumping, and skydiving. People with no prior experience to speak of are permitted to ride potentially dangerous things such as jet skis, horses, ATVs, and dirt bikes.
On top of this, there are roller coasters, paragliding, parasailing, hang-gliding, bungee jumping, and dangerous hiking trails. Lastly, many people on the island are during the course of more mundane events, such as walking Diamond Head, sightseeing, shopping, or simply crossing the street.
Some people are injured in recreational accidents due to dangerous conditions on the property. The majority of these accidents are subject to the state’s recreational use laws, which protect a lot of landowners from any liability that occurs on their property.
However, when a business is involved in one of these activities, meaning they charge people for the use of their services, property, or equipment, they are usually not covered by these laws. The occupant or owner of the property is obligated to take reasonable precautions in eliminating any risks on the property that may pose a threat to those on it. Based on the situation, this can be accomplished by either warning people about the hazardous situation, or simply fixing it all together.
There are, unfortunately, many tour owners, operators, and activity guides who, through either oversight or blatant disregard, fault to uphold the safety measures necessary to ensure the safety of their patrons. It is also not unheard of for workers to receive inadequate or no training and for equipment and tools to be improperly maintained. If you were injured or lost a loved one while participating in an organized activity or tour, you may have grounds for bringing a personal injury claim against the company responsible.
Reach out to our Honolulu recreational injury lawyers by calling (808) 537-2525 and scheduling your free, no-obligation case review today.
Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available.
Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately.