Avbug, take a rest. I didn't say it was ok to kill someone by accident. But there is a big difference in just flying along minding your business and a skydiver winds up in front of you, to aiming at someone and hitting them.
Drunk drivers sometimes take the stand that they're merely driving along, and a telephone poll or a lady pushing a baby carriage jump out in front of them.
"Just flying along minding your own business and a skydiver winds up in front of you?" This pilot was buzzing a drop zone, making passes through the landing area for skydivers under canopy. It's the same aircraft that dropped the skydivers. The jumper that was killed exited the airplane that killed him. I don't see any way the pilot could possibly argue that he was surprised by the presence of the jumpers, or that he was merely flying along minding his own business. Do you??
If I decide to race my car through a crowded schoolyard full of children, one might guess I'd be charged with a crime...especially if I hit one. Likewise, if one decides to buzz a drop zone filled with jumpers under canopy and strikes one, then one might presume that this isn't a matter of flying along "minding one's own business" and striking a wayward jumper who just happened to be in the sky. Especially if one is the person who dropped that jumper. Go figure.
Careless and reckless operation that endangers persons and property in the air, and on the ground. Proximity to persons or property on the surface. With a NOTAM published for jumpers, having dropped the jumpers, buzzing the landing spot for those under canopy, while they're under canopy.
If you'd read my post, I noted that this same thing happened to me at that drop zone...only I wasn't struck. As you might suppose, mine isn't a passing interest...neither is that of others on the board who knew the pilot and the jumper involved.
Can't you make an intelligent post without belittling the original poster or is that the only way you can make an argument?
The original poster makes some increadibly stupid statements, and then continually defends them. I think the comments are warranted. That's the reason I made them. Perhaps before you respond with the foolish observation you did, you'll learn more about the situation, too.