Waterford sky diver killed in stunt-attempt gone wrong - KMSP-TV

Waterford sky diver killed in stunt-attempt gone wrong

Posted: Updated:

RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 34-year-old sky-diving instructor has died at a Macomb County air field after he fell and struck a woman on the ground during practice for a high-speed maneuver.

State police Lt. Michael Shaw says the accident happened about 6:20 p.m. Saturday at the Ray Township Airport, which is about 30 miles north-northeast of Detroit.

He identifies the sky diver as Kenneth R. Bernek of Waterford.

Bernek had worked at the Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club since 2002. He jumped so often -1,800 times in 15 years - that he worked his way up to instructor and videographer.

Fox 2 has learned Bernek successfully jumped 16 times on Saturday, then on the last ride, he chose to jump from 5-thousand feet instead of the usual 14-thousand. He was practicing a "swooping" high-performance landing, an aggressive maneuver that develops speed and gliding skills.

Bernek's gear was working properly but he could not slow down in time to avoid crashing on the ground. Shaw says Bernek hit a 53-year-old Ray Township woman who was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:08:38 GMT
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap.
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap. Authorities also say they are now looking for a small motorcycle in addition to the gray, dented van seen in the area.
  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:05:54 GMT
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices