From Ohio History Central
The first emergency parachute jump took place at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio. On October 20, 1922, Lieutenant Harold R. Harris, Chief of the Flying Section of McCook Field, had to jump from his plane after his control stick malfunctioned and forced Harris's plane to enter a nosedive. Harris jumped from his plane at approximately 2,500 feet and deployed his parachute at approximately five hundred feet. The pilot landed safely in a grape arbor, while his plane crashed approximately one block away. The plane, a Loening PW-2A, was completely destroyed.