THE CAUSE of a skydiving death in Bridgewater is still unknown more than 10 months after the incident.
A 26-year-old Pakistani national was killed on December 23 during a solo jump run by Australian Skydive Bridgewater.
A brief of evidence was to be presented to the Coroner’s Court of Victoria in August, which was extended.
Leading Senior Constable Mick Balazs of Bridgewater Police said the evidence was still about a month from being handed to the coroner.
“We’re still in the process of gaining independent reports and statements from people,” he said.
“It’s still pending further investigation.”
It’s believed a coronial hearing into the matter is likely.
A spokeswoman for the coroner said any investigation relied on the brief of evidence.
“What the coroner needs to determine under the act is the medical cause of the death and the circumstances,” she said.
“They can’t do that without a brief of evidence.
“Our investigation is pending receipt of that material.”
The Australian Parachute Federation is also investigating the incident, but that is on hold until a cause of death can be determined.
A spokeswoman said in August there was no obvious indication as to what killed the man, was had been living in Epping as a student at the time.
“He was in good spirits before the jump, was completing part of his skydive well, deployed his parachute, and at some point stopped responding,” she said.
“He didn’t control the parachute and was seen hanging limply.
“We don’t know what happened to him.”
The spokeswoman said any fatality was devastating but relatively rare.
“We have an average of 2.7 deaths a year,” she said.
Immediately after the incident, Australian Skydive Bridgewater owner Ralph Hamilton said the man had suffered serious injuries after hitting the ground in a landing mishap.
The company has not commented since.
The company's website still says the business has not had any serious incidents.
"We have recorded over 40,000 tandem jumps at both our sites with no serious incidents or injuries," the site says.