WHITE CITY – On Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 12:17 p.m., Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a paraglider who crash landed at a residential property in the 16800-block of Antioch Road. Once on scene, deputies determined it to be a skydiver with a parachute.
The skydiver was identified as Jackson Jerome Kern, 74, of the 9300-block of Pumice Lane, Central Point. He was unresponsive and sustained extensive injuries from the impact. He was pronounced dead by Fire District #3 medics. An investigator with the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene.
Deputies learned Kern was skydiving with a group from a plane that took off from Beagle Sky Ranch Airport, a small private air strip located on Jones Road, not far from the crash site. The pilot reported Kern and other jumpers deployed from 12,000 feet altitude. Kern was able to deploy his chute as planned.
Preliminary findings suggest a malfunction with the chute’s toggle prevented Kern from being able to slow and control his descent. Those who knew Kern described him as an experienced jumper. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was notified and will conduct further investigation.