A person who is parachuting may use the method to commit suicide.

Usual causes of death while parachuting:

(1) accident

(2) human error

(3) equipment malfunction


Reasons to consider suicide in a parachuting-related fatality:

(1) suicide note or expression of suicidal intent

(2) intentional disabling of safety measures (for automatic deployment of reserve chute)

(3) failure to activate chute(s)

(4) observed to remain in free-fall position all through the fall

(5) directing fall towards a hazard


The possibility of homicide should be considered.

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