A skydiving accident in Florida has led to the death of a 33-year-old skydiver after an apparent mid-air collision. Officials are still investigating the cause of the skydiving death, but police have not released the name of the woman until her family can be notified.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, a GoPro video shows a skydiver having a seizure while skydiving, but the instructor says he was not worried the young man would hit the ground.
The latest skydiving accident happened just after 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive DeLand on Flightline Boulevard. Volusia County detectives are investigating the cause of the skydiving accident, but according to WFTV, Volusia County Fire Rescue officials claim there may have been a mid-air collision between two skydivers. No other details were immediately available.
A Local 6 news helicopter called Sky 6 flew over the scene at Skydive DeLand as authorities canvassed the area, and the helicopter crew spotted what could possibly be a parachute laying out in the middle of the airport. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson says the investigation into the skydiving accident will be limited to inspecting the parachute rigging.
Employees of Skydive DeLand did not have a comment on the skydiving accident, but customer Chris Jacobs says he lives very close to the business and was shocked to hear about the tragedy.
“I know that people who do it regularly here are a tight-knit bunch,” Jacobs said. “I don’t know what has happened and don’t know who all is impacted, but it can’t be good.”
Jacobs says he was trained to skydive by the U.S. Marines, and at home he enjoys watching the skydivers float down to the earth with their parachutes. While he enjoys the sport of skydiving, he also says it will always be dangerous.
“Your risk adds up. I’ve done many things in life and I feel lucky so far. Just have to be careful,” he said.
According to the FAA, there were a total of 18 skydiving deaths across America in 2014. The latest skydiving death occurred in January of 2015, when a U.S. Navy SEAL died during a parachute jump training exercise. The Navy SEALS’ parachute apparently malfunctioned and he died from his injuries.
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