The accident happened on Saturday. According to a statement released by Houston’s Skydive Spaceland, there was a planned group skydive. However, two experienced and licensed skydivers ended up colliding. The statement lists the date of the accident as July 7, but Deadline reported it actually happened on July 8.
The skydivers had both made at least one successful jump earlier on Saturday. Additionally, both had hundreds or thousands of skydives each, according to the statement. Both of them were jumping their own parachute systems. The parachutes apparently deployed without any issues, but the skydivers collided afterward. The weather was not blamed and it was explained that the skydivers sustained injuries during the collision and/or upon landing. Unfortunately, one did not survive.
In a report from KHOU, it was revealed that Schell’s parachute collapsed. The other skydiver survived and sustained a leg injury.
Randy Schell was a voiceover artist and did voiceovers and promos for Fear The Walking Dead, Dancing With The Stars, Blindspot, Texas Justice, and American Restoration. His voice might be instantly recognizable to fans of Judge Alex. He narrated nearly 500 episodes of the court reality TV show. He also did commercial work, including McDonald’s, Nike, Levi’s, Coca-Cola, U.S. Air Force, Goodyear Aviation and Geico. National campaign work includes the U.S. Air Force, Goodyear Aviation, HP, Hershey’s, and Seagate, just to name a few. Additionally, the audio engineer promo did the voice for several Fox Sports regional networks. He even made an appearance on the popular television series Modern Family.
The United States Parachute Association states that in 2016, there were 21 fatal skydiving accidents out of approximately 3.2 million jumps. A reported 2,129 skydivers were injured and required treatment at a medical facility while jumping last year. The association’s website explains that the majority of skydiving accidents and fatalities are the result of human error.
Our condolences and thoughts go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Randy Schell.
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