Man killed when parachute fails to open in Base jumpPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX - A man is dead after falling 250 feet when his parachute failed to open.
The Maricopa County Technical Rescue Team tells 3TV the fatal fall happened on Sunday just before 2 p.m. near Bush Highway and Stuart Mountain Road.
Chad Dennis Suppa, 35, was reportedly attempting a base jump from the Bulldog Cliffs near the Lower Salt River.
According to MCSO he apparently had problems with his parachute as it was opening which caused him to collide ino the rock face wall and fall the several hundred feet.
He died during rescue efforts as a result of his injuries.
Base jumping is an activity that uses a parachute, or the sequenced use of a wingsuit and a parachute to jump from fixed objects. The parachute is unopened at the jump. BASE is an acronym for fixed objects one can jump from: Building, Antenna, Span and Earth.