Missouri man identified as skydiving accident victim

Authorities have identified the skydiver who was killed Saturday near Osage City in a parachuting accident.

Mark Jungk, 54, St. Joseph, Mo., was fatally injured around 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7, during a jump from a plane that took off from Skydive Kansas, which is based at the Osage City Municipal Airport.

According to a press release issued by Skydive Kansas, Jungk planned the jump with friend and fellow skydiver Adam Hett, 23, of Hoyt. The two were both experienced and licensed through United States Parachute Association. They exited the plane together and experienced an uneventful freefall. Both skydivers opened their parachutes, which were fully functioning and flying. However, shortly after opening, they collided and entangled.

According to eye witnesses and firsthand accounts, at approximately 3,500 feet, the two were wrapped in each other’s lines and canopies, and were spinning.

“They acted accordingly by talking to each other and trying to sort through the process together,” Jen Sharp, Skydive Kansas owner, said in the news release. “At approximately 2,000 feet, Adam was able to release his main canopy and pull the reserve handle. His reserve parachute opened clear of the entanglement and he was able to land safely without injury.”

Jungk continued his efforts but was unable to release the entangled canopies. He deployed his reserve parachute, but it was not able to clear the entanglement. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Sharp, the FAA has completed its preliminary investigation.

“Mark was a friend and long time jumper at Skydive Kansas accumulating approximately 350 skydives with us,” Sharp said. “Last year he was honored with an award for having the most jumps at Skydive Kansas for the year. He acted as a mentor to younger jumpers often while always continuing to improve his own skills and education. His positive attitude and enthusiasm for life will be missed in our family.”

There will be a life celebration for Jungk at 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Stoney Creek Conference Center, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Sharp, of Ottawa, said she has been jumping for 25 years and owned skydiving businesses for 20 years. Skydive Kansas began in 1995 and moved to its current location at the Osage City airport in 1996. Since then, the company has logged more than 40,000 jumps with no fatality accidents until Saturday’s incident.


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