Waterford sky diver killed in stunt-attempt gone wrong - Fox 2 News Headlines

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>>

  • Victims shot and killed on Detroit's west side identified

    Victims shot and killed on Detroit's west side identified

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:42:19 GMT
    Two families are grieving after the bodies of a young man and woman were found in the street Sunday morning on Detroit's west side. Both were shot and killed.
    Two families are grieving after the bodies of a young man and woman were found in the street Sunday morning on Detroit's west side. Both were shot and killed.
  • Two hospitalized after crashing stolen Corvette in police chase

    Two hospitalized after crashing stolen Corvette in police chase

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:50:55 GMT
    Two men are sent to the hospital after crashing their corvette in Hamtramck. In addition to their injuries, they may be facing serious charges including grand theft auto.
    Two men are sent to the hospital after crashing their corvette in Hamtramck. In addition to their injuries, they may be facing serious charges including grand theft auto.
  • Severe thunderstorms move into metro Detroit

    Severe thunderstorms move into metro Detroit

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:38:09 GMT
    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for St. Clair and Macomb counties until 7:21 p.m.
    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for St. Clair and Macomb counties until 7:21 p.m.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

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