A tandem skydiving jump two weeks ago at a ranch in upstate New York turned deadly for instructor Alex Chulsky, 25, of Brooklyn and 49-year-old David Winoker, 49, of Westchester.
The Dutchess County Medical Examiner's Office told Fox 5 that the jolt of the parachute's opening fractured Chulsky's upper spine, causing an aortic injury.
Dr. Bennie Chiles, a spine surgeon, said that based on the autopsy results Chulsky likely became paralyzed within seconds of the injury and then was unable to control the parachute.
In order to become a skydiving instructor Chulsky had to complete the required three years of training and 500 jumps.
Rick Winstock, the national director of the U.S. Parachute Association, told Good Day New York that nothing could have prevented this freak accident.
According to the U.S. Parachute Association, 21 people died in skydiving accidents in the U.S. in 2011. Of those, just one was a tandem jump.