Tuesday, April 14, 1998

By Barry Markowitz, Special to the Star-Bulletin
Skydiver Patric De Gayardon was killed yesterday when
his parachute failed to deploy properly. Adrian Nicholas, a close
friend, stays with De Gayardon's body after the death.

Chute fails to work;
skydiver killed

The Federal Aviation Administration
is investigating



The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an accident in which an experienced skydiver died after his parachute failed to properly open near Dillingham Airfield.

Patric Henry Michael De Gayardon, a part owner of Pacific International Skydiving Center, died in a plunge from 12,000 feet yesterday.

Police said no foul play is suspected.

De Gayardon, 38, lived in Florida off and on for about the past 20 years but was a French national, friends said.

Guy Banal, also a part-owner of the Mokuleia skydiving center, said De Gayardon was involved in "shooting some movie here for future promotion."

He was experimenting with new equipment and testing it. The jump had "nothing to do with regular business" of the skydiving center, Banal said.

It appeared the experimental chute failed to deploy properly because of a malfunction or lack of proper adjustment in the rigging, Banal said.

The Fire Department was called at 11:40 a.m. Fire Capt. Paul Noyes of Waialua Station said De Gayardon landed in a banana patch within a half mile of Dillingham Airfield on the Haleiwa side.

Another skydiver was videotaping him, Noyes said.

The skydiver videotaping was right next to De Gayardon during the free fall. They had to separate to open the chutes, Noyes said.

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