French Pilot Sentenced for Decapitating Skydiver with Wing of Plane During Jump

The pilot was convicted of involuntary manslaughter



A French pilot was found guilty of manslaughter after he decapitated a skydiver with the wing of a plane in 2018.

According to reports from the BBC and French outlets Le Parisien and BFMTV, the pilot, who has not been named, was sentenced to a 12-month suspended sentence Tuesday after previously being convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

The skydiver, Nicolas Galy, 40, jumped out of the aircraft flown by the pilot in July 2018 and was struck moments later.

Le Parisien reported that immediately after the jump, the pilot began descending toward the tarmac. The pilot has also been suspended from flying for a year, the outlet reports.

The Midi-Pyrénées Skydiving School Association was fined the equivalent of $21,751, half of which is suspended, according to the outlets.

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A lawyer for the victim's family called the tragedy the product of "a lot of recklessness or negligence," according to the outlets.

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