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03-28-2009 01:13 PM
SB4L Very sad news, but at least he died doing what he loved instead of like a car accident or something. Condolences to his family left behind.
03-27-2009 03:03 PM
BurtonAvenger Why couldn't Glen Plake die he's already brain dead.
03-27-2009 02:43 PM
killclimbz He was wearing a wing suit. Not 100% sure on the dynamics of those, but there are a couple of things that probably contributed to this. In the video he does a double flip, but as soon as he comes out he throws his chute. With a wing suit, you have a bit more drag, so to fly it the skis need to eject. He was probably laid out when he pulled the release for the skis. One didn't come off, the wind drag hung him upside down and caused him to go into a death spin. He was not going to get out of the spin unless he got the ski to eject. Pretty much fucked. It really sucks and we lost a great.
03-27-2009 02:05 PM
jimster716 I'm kind of curious as to why his skis needed to detach to prevent an uncontrollable spin.

Shane McConkey dies in ski base jumping accident

Check the video...skis never detach.

Either way, RIP...leaves a wife and 3 1/2 yr old kid.
03-27-2009 01:11 PM
Flick Montana
Originally Posted by Technine Icon View Post
Wow, thats one hell of a way to die.
I was just about to say that. I can't imagine something like that. It's always sad to lose someone like this.
03-27-2009 10:40 AM
Technine Icon Wow, thats one hell of a way to die.
03-27-2009 08:06 AM
Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
I read that yesterday but was too stunned to post much. Shane was truly one of the good guys. He's a huge loss in the action sports world. We all watched his antics in awe.

RIP Shane.

I know many of us grew up watching his antics including me.
I read someone post on TGR "its like hearing superman died"... So true.

RIP Shane.
03-27-2009 07:56 AM
killclimbz I read that yesterday but was too stunned to post much. Shane was truly one of the good guys. He's a huge loss in the action sports world. We all watched his antics in awe.

RIP Shane.
03-27-2009 07:31 AM
v-verb From Wikipedia:


On March 26, 2009, Shane was Ski-BASE jumping in Italy. He was working on a new line variation off the Val Scura couloir on Sassongher with JT Holmes and a film crew from Matchstick Productions. One of his skis failed to "quick release" after leaving the ground during his jump, sending him into an uncontrolled free-fall. The idea was to jump and continue with a squirrel-suit flight, but the single non-release sent him into a spin that didn't allow for parachute deployment.
03-27-2009 12:53 AM
greasem0nkey86 RIP
we're all in this sport for the same reason(s)
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