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> Crazy dude jumped out of a plane
starlagurl
post Apr 24 2009, 03:13 PM
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A 20 year old Canadian jumped out of a plane somewhere above the Northwest Territories...

You have to be a special kind of crazy to try that.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/sto...y/National/home

An “unruly” passenger threw himself out a charter airplane flying high over Canada's far north, leaving his community reeling and grappling for answers.

The 20-year-old man, who has not been identified, was on a small plane flying Wednesday from Yellowknife to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. He began causing unspecified problems and pilots asked police to meet them when they landed.

But before they arrived in the small community the man managed to open the emergency door of the Beechcraft King Air 200 and jump out. The plane was flying at 7,000 metres and the man, who would have fallen for more than two minutes, has not been found.




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post Apr 24 2009, 04:28 PM
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What the...

That must have traumatised everyone else on board, surely... and imagine what he might have hit on landing. Unbelievable.
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post Apr 24 2009, 06:38 PM
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It is a very sad story especially because I knew the unfortunate young man and his family. The aircraft was not a regular passenger flight so there were probably not many others on board. And given the time of year I think there is a good chance the man would have lost consciousness from the cold and speed he was travelling at before hitting the ground. As for what he might have hit on landing, given the location there would have been little else but the snow and ice covered tundra.

I would say this is another tragic example of the legacy of social problems that are occurring within Inuit communities largely as a result of the government policy which tried to strip the people of their language and culture and exposed them to untold stories of abuse.

Very sad .....
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post Apr 27 2009, 09:14 AM
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Yeah, obviously he felt there was no way out. These are the kinds of people that need help, but it's difficult to find them and get them back on track.


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post Mar 17 2010, 04:55 PM
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Thats is tragic. But the one question that my mind just raised is why didn't anybody step in and physically control him. Even using belts to strap his arms to the chair arms?

But such a tragic way to do things.

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post Mar 17 2010, 05:51 PM
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We recently had a person jump from a freeway bridge onto oncoming traffic. Not sure what drove his jump, but just as tragic a situation. Happened in my city.

http://article.wn.com/view/2010/03/04/Man_...I10_in_Phoenix/


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post Mar 17 2010, 08:08 PM
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QUOTE(seal @ Mar 17 2010, 05:55 PM) *

Thats is tragic. But the one question that my mind just raised is why didn't anybody step in and physically control him. Even using belts to strap his arms to the chair arms?

But such a tragic way to do things.


Without knowing the exact details, I think it is fair to say that the fellow "appeared" quite normal at the beginning but then at some point really lost it. The pilot and crew likely did not know he had been suffering from mental health issues and were probably not prepared for his extreme actions. Usually the pilots are strapped into their seats so cannot react quickly and it is likely that the other passengers never imagined anyone would open the door mid-flight and jump out. I think it probably all happened pretty quickly and that as soon as the door opened, everyone was more concerned with their own safety than trying to stop someone from jumping out.

Suicide is always a tragedy.....
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