The Canadian Air Force has released its final report on the search and rescue technician killed near Yorkton, and it blames human error.
In March of 2017, 31-year-old Master Corporal Alfred Barr was doing a live static line parachute jump over the Yorkton Airport.
As he left the aircraft, Barr appeared to be caught up in the plane’s slipstream, which caused his left leg to move upwards and his body to roll slightly to the right.
The parachute didn’t open properly, and Barr was seen trying to untangle the twisted lines instead of cutting off the faulty chute and deploying his backup parachute.
He quickly entered into a tight clockwise descending spiral, and was killed on impact.
Barr was a member of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron, based at 17 Wing Winnipeg.