Although it can certainly provide a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, skydiving can be dangerous if it is carried out improperly or with unsuitable or defective equipment. Christian Barton, 33, experienced this first hand in a 2006 jump that resulted in massive injuries. After jumping from a twin-engine Beechcraft airplane at 3,000 feet, Barton collided with the plane’s tail, suffering paralysis as a result of the impact. His lawsuit against the Acampo, California-based Parachute Center claimed that the pilot of the plane was flying in a manner inconsistent with industry safety standards, and further, that the Center’s instructors failed to offer adequate warnings about the possibility of striking the airplane’s tail after participants leap from the craft.
Barton, who later partially recovered from his paralysis, is asking for $8 million in damages in the case.
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