Coroner Rules October Longmont Skydiving Death an Accident, Says Cause Was Multiple Blunt Force Injuries
The Boulder County Coroner’s Office has ruled the fall skydiving death of Logan Polfuss an accident.
Polfuss, 23, was found dead Oct. 19 in a field in unincorporated Boulder County, less than 24 hours after he went skydiving at Mile-Hi Skydiving Center located at Vance Brand Municipal Airport in Longmont.
Polfuss had a jump time in the early afternoon the day prior. His girlfriend reported him missing around 9 p.m. after he didn’t show up for dinner.
According to an autopsy report obtained Wednesday by the Times-Call, the cause of Polfuss’ death was multiple blunt force injuries. It is unclear if he died immediately upon impact with the ground or between the time he landed and the time he was found.
The report also states that, according to information from the Federal Aviation Administration, Polfuss was not using the proper equipment, didn’t have his equipment up to standards and did not have enough free-fall experience for the type of suit he was using.
The administration in December released a preliminary report that concluded Polfuss’ one-piece tracking suit might have caused issues during the skydive, and ultimately led to his death. The report also ruled the incident an accident.
According to the report, it was the first time Polfuss had jumped in a tracking suit. The tag on the suit recommends that the wearer complete 400 free-falls prior to use and use a 36-inch diameter pilot chute, neither of which he did.
The autopsy found evidence of multiple blunt force injuries on Polfuss. He suffered a fractured vertebra, abrasians on his back and chest, lung contusions, and a fractured sternum, tibia and fibula, according to the report.
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