MISSOULA - A member of the Silvertip Skydivers was blown off target during his descent into Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Saturday, then clipped a tree before crashing down onto a cement sidewalk just outside the stadium.
Blaine Wright, a veteran skydiver, was taken to St. Patrick Hospital immediately after the crash and later flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries, including a fractured pelvis. The crash occurred just before the 1:05 p.m. kickoff of the Montana-Weber State football game.
Witnesses to the incident said Wright appeared to realize that he was not going to make it into the stadium as he descended in gusty winds, and turned back to try to land on the lawn just outside the southeast corner of the stadium.
I was at the game and watched him crash into the tree. He impacted very hard but did so to save injuries to spectators. Your thoughts and payers would probably be welcome by him and his family...
...Wright broke his pelvis, hip, arm and leg and was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.
The 53-year-old underwent three successful surgeries this week, Wright’s sister, Beth Cole, reported Thursday. He remains in the intensive care unit in Seattle. It’s unknown when he will be released to return home.
“He’s doing very well,” Cole said. “He’s getting better every day. He’s anxious to come back to Montana. We’re hoping he transitions out of the ICU soon.”...
UPDATE 11/6 Good News
MISSOULA - The sister of a skydiver injured after failing to land in Washington-Grizzly Stadium as part of University of Montana pregame festivities on Oct. 29 says her brother has nearly two dozen individual fractures.
Beth Cole says 53-year-old Blaine Wright's injuries include two skull fractures and seven pelvic fractures.
Cole said that Wright was moved out of intensive care Friday and into his own room at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Ouch! Hope he recovers.
I've had my scares sky diving but I've always been able to walk away.
Little update for you. Looks like he had went through multiple surgery's and is still in ICU.
For those of you who are following this thread, looks like we have some good news. He was moved out of ICU and into his own room at the hospital.