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What type of incident are you reporting?

For this valuable system to work, USPA needs its members—especially Safety & Training Advisors—to report on incidents, both fatal and non-fatal, from which other jumpers can learn something. Any jumper can submit an Anonymous Incident Report online.

According to SIM Section 5-8, an incident that should be reported includes any event that requires medical attention or raises a safety concern, but other incidents that should be reported include noteworthy malfunctions, unsafe procedures, unusual or ethically unacceptable skydives, or other extraordinary occurrences concerning skydiving operations. Incident reports are warranted for the following, but not limited to: fatalities, injuries requiring medical attention more than local first aid, any injuries of a solo or tandem student, reserve deployments, AAD activations, off-field landing or obstacle landings, eEmergency exits from an aircraft, freefall or canopy collisions, premature deployments in aircraft or freefall, harness or canopy damage during a jump, unplanned dropping of equipment during a jump, and anything filed on an insurance claim.

The online submission form attempts to gather broad information needed to make drawing conclusions effective. However, reports in any format are welcome. Clicking on the button below that best categorizes the incident presents a submission form tailored to that category.

Submissions are handled confidentially. According to USPA policy, all reports are studied, printed in Parachutist and published online, and then destroyed. USPA keeps only a brief synopsis on record, which does not include the names of any individuals or the locations of the incidents.

Browse and search incident reports here.

USPA gathers data from incidents to drive initiatives and share knowledge with other skydiving industries. USPA compiles this information in aggregate, redacting personally identifying details, and summarizes conclusions annually in the Incident Statistics Report.


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