Foreign man falls to his death while sky diving Thursday afternoon

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Foreign man falls to his death while sky diving Thursday afternoon

A 69-year-old foreigner, James Mc Connell, fell to his death from a plane belonging to Thai Sky Adventures in Pattaya, an outfit that has had at least one brush with danger in recent years.

Police and emergency services rushed to the scene after they had received the call from locals and staff.

“It happened just now,” Colonel Chonnapat Nawalak of Nong Kham police in Chonburi said Thursday afternoon. “We’re still checking the cause of his death. He jumped from the plane and landed in the water, so we have to check whether he died from the jumping or from drowning.”

Reached for comment at about 3pm, Harry Harrison, a British owner of Thai Sky Adventures, said he was unaware of the incident.“No comment. Bye!” he said before terminating the call.
Thai Sky Adventures’ air strip in the Si Racha district of Chonburi province is located adjacent to a large reservoir.

In 2015, Thai Sky Adventures grabbed headlines worldwide when video emerged of its plane diving toward a pair of tandem skydivers, clipping their parachute and narrowly avoiding calamity in an October 2014 incident.

According to the outfit’s website, a tandem dive costs 10,950 baht, with discounts available for groups.

It says tandem skydives involve a freefall jump “attached to a highly experienced sky diving instructor” from an altitude typically between “9,000 feet to 13,500 feet.”

It says they adhere to United States Parachuting Association safety standards and undergo regular inspection by local aviation authorities.

“However, if you consider that horse riding, cricket and American football rank above sky diving as ‘risky’ sports, it puts things into perspective,” the website says.

  • Guest

    “British owner of Thai Sky Adventures” says it all… probably hurried up the checking of the safety features to arrive on his favorite bar stool on time for the happy hour… those monkeys cannot do a proper job… too lazy, too stupid, too loaded with booze…
    And the “No comment. Bye!” really shows the value those brutes give to human life

    • amazingthailand

      when you see how they implement here safety measures you dont have to be surprised these things happen. and regarding the owners reaction i hope that sh@t gets the max of trouble

    • soidog

      Very flip comment from the owner,I hope that the authorities (the competent ones) check his licencing Bona Fides .,we know how licences etc get issued….

      • amazingthailand

        Doesnt exist in los ” the competent ones”

  • Ken

    Choosing this wasteland as a suitable venue for skydiving was a mistake which cost this poor fella his life. RIP.

  • amazingthailand

    69 years old and skydiving thats looking for troubles

  • Tony Akhurst

    Whats the difference the way he died (jumping out into a river and drowning) its still the responsibility of the pilot or flight crew.

    • amazingthailand

      You dont know maybe he got an heartfailure

  • ken

    There’s no safety precautions for much in this wasteland, Thais are nonchalant about safety and foreigners just come in and follow suit. Avoid any risking activity in this wasteland or you could lose your life an no one will care.

    • amazingthailand

      As told before dont use any vehicle in waste land, except on the back oa chang with a load of chang beers

  • Ken Anderson

    Flying Farrang falling to his death!!
    Yet again you can rest assured there will be some rice farmers daughter behind it all.

    • Guest

      Have you read the article? Can you read? Behind it there is a lazy/incompetent/stupid Brit (Booze-filled Retarded Irritating Trash) who did not check the safety equipment properly…

      • Ken Anderson

        Maybe he is the rice farmers daughter’s latest conquest. They could well be in it together.

        • Guest

          Where did you get that from… Stop reading the news and watching Columbo at the same time.. your brain is not efficient enough for you to appreciate that those are 2 different things and you start raving paranoid/moronic comments

      • amazingthailand

        Mcs ricefarmersdughter had a relation with Harrison. Columbo found out

        • Guest

          Do not mistake Ken Anderson for Columbo : Both look raggedy, dirty and beaten but one is super-smart and the other is just… Ken Anderson

    • Gumble.

      Probaby the thought of returning to his old battle axe turnip farmers daughter on the island if England is the reason why he done the big hop skip and look out jump off the plane

      • popeye the sailorman

        why dont YOU jump out of a plane at 30 k feet

  • Irfo Irfos

    Sky diving at 69? He should enjoy his days in a bar somewhere

    • Gumble.

      that afternoon at the Bar is the reason why he did it

    • amazingthailand

      They cancelled happy hour in his cheap charly beer bar

  • Now in this case, the white trash cannot blame Thai…Its a white on white crime…good riddance…

    • Guest

      The class-A moron Ken Anderson tried it nonetheless… but he is a “special needs” case so does that really count?

      • Gumble.

        Don’t start me off on those special need fat c*nts because they got themselves all fat and lazy Walmart gives them front row parking and now they get free use of electric buggies to go shopping and us Hansom guys that looked after ourselves keeping slim and fit society punishes us for it we get the back row further away parking and have to use a plain old push it yourself shopping trolley .

        • Guest

          “they get free use of electric buggies” cheap charlies love cheap stuffs.
          But when I was talking of the other moron needing special care I did not mean his ability to walk was concerned, more his faculties to think…

  • Jack La Motta

    “We’re still checking the cause of his death ” hello, he just fell from 13,000 feet, he did´nt die of boredom!

    • Gumble.

      I heard on the way down he was singing a Frank Sinatra song I did it my wayyyyyyyyy

      • Koltyn

        Actually it was R. Kelly’s I belive I can fly

      • amazingthailand

        Rod steward im flying

      • Homebrew

        Tom Petty: Freefalling

  • Homebrew

    Why don’t blind people skydive?
    It scares the fck out of the dog.

  • Jing Jing

    Suicide!!!

  • Homebrew

    FOR SALE: Parachute. Never used. Small stain.

  • Gumble.

    Another drunkard halfwit baked brain English farang pom and looks like he found a new way to swan dive and end it all I dunno what was wrong with the traditional swan dive off the balcony method I guess this pom wanted to go out In style . .

    • Troll Killer

      You’re just damn lucky he took your parachute.

    • soidog

      I wonder if he was aiming for the reservoir?

    • amazingthailand

      He wanted to dronk nam pao

    • soidog

      English, farang, pom AND Scot to boot! ,A bit of style there as you say.

      • amazingthailand

        very bad mix

      • Gumble.

        I thought the Scotts and the poms were all the same well you all sound the same like a bunch of jibbering idiots and look like the same fat bast*rds to me and the Scotts all come from the same little rock island so what’s the big diff

        • pompeypaul

          I almost feel sorry for you Gumble as it’s obvious that your mother dropped you on your head when you were a baby, it would probably have been better for everyone if you hadn’t survived this terrible accident.

          • The Groover

            Well, the poor old sod now has a lifelong side-effect of doing filthy things to other dirty fat old deviant farangs and Thai rent boys, and spouting the same cr@p everyday like a drunken old gay parrot.

          • Gumble.

            try out on some new material ya block brain fat slob i remember those lines from the nineties when i was still watching the sopranos

          • Shancy Mancy

            suck me crumble, i need to be in your mouth now…x

  • Koltyn

    What is it with these sky diving fools?

    If God had wanted man to fly….
    He would have given him wings Mr. Kidd!

    • soidog

      Not just skydivers,how many parasailors bungee jumpers have come unstuck in tinpot Countries where licencing is done via sweeteners?

      • Danny

        Yep, I read a story about a guy that bought a Bungee cord 50 feet long. He was proving his manhood with his girlfriend from a 60 foot overhang ……..
        yeah that’s right he forgot to factor in the elasticity …..huh..?????

    • amazingthailand

      Frustrared Morons who want to prove themselves with childish behaviour. I prove myself everyday with ricefarmersdaughter. Although i agree its another kind of danger. But calculated. Sorry miscalculated

  • Ok now

    jumping out of a perfectly good airplane is not logical.

    • amazingthailand

      Why do you take an airplane if you want to jump out?

      • Danny

        haha … then explain to us why you call a guy an AWFUL nice guy?
        YOU must be one HELL of a guy? duh ….

  • amazingthailand

    Wrong journalism again. Police didnt rush to the scene, they rushed to his view taley condo to take care of his belongings

  • Homebrew
    • Roland Schwinn

      Yes but lots of people will take a beating for millions of dollars like that china-man did!

      • Danny

        He’s Vietnamese. A physician who lost his License to practice after being convicted. Dao was convicted of multiple felony counts of obtaining drugs by fraud and deceit in November 2004 and was placed on five years of supervised
        probation in January 2005, according to the documents. He surrendered
        his medical license the next month. He was also convicted of sex offenses attacking patients. He is now limited to only one Hospital under close supervision.
        Yes, a very sterling background ….. AND

        Based on a combination of federal aviation regulations, the federal
        Airline Deregulation Act and the contract of carriage airlines attach to
        their ticket purchases, Sanger said airlines are essentially permitted
        to refuse to board someone on a flight or to remove someone from a
        plane.The contract of carriage is “incredibly one-sided” in the airline’s favor,

        You’re velcome ….

    • Gumble.

      The great United Airlines
      Give up your seating
      or you’ll get a beating .

  • Roland Schwinn

    Passed out on his bar stool puking all over the place. This disgusting filthy hippie has no shame and is a coward and a loser who chicken out of an beating I was going to administer to him. Stand by for the predictable picture he has displayed here 100 times already, what a bore he is.

    • amazingthailand

      Watch out he is a friend of rocky sylvester stalone the italian bull

  • Ken Anderson

    “We’re still checking the cause of his death. He jumped from the plane and landed in the water, so we have to check whether he died from the jumping or from drowning.”

    The outcome of this ‘investigation’ will depend entirely on the level of gratuities Colonel Chonnapat Nawalak of Nong Kham police, receives from Harry Harrison of Thai Sky Adventures. I dare say him being a foreigner, the value will need to be quite substantial.

  • private pile

    I thought you had to be experienced and qualified to jump solo?? If he was strapped to a instructor how did he die? Heart attack …drowning?
    After reading other stories today online maybe he just had one to many som tams and his som tam induced cancer kicked in ??????

    • Danny

      Yes, and that’s what is strange about this story, even a static jump let alone a free-fall people should be qualified. This story doesn’t make any sense in that regard. There is a lot to jumping/parachuting etc especially free-fall. All Military pilots get training (as I did), knowing how to avoid objects on the ground, landing with legs positioning …too much to say about this. Very strange indeed!

  • Sly

    Almost as dangerous as living in a high rise here.