A “hard landing” kills a skydiver at a Florida airport for the second time in less than two years

A “hard landing” kills a skydiver at a Florida airport for the second time in less than two years

A skydiver died in an apparent skydiving accident Monday at a Central Florida recreational airport, police said, marking at least the second skydiving death at the airport in less than two years.

The DeLand Police Department said in a statement that the man “had a rough landing” before he was pronounced dead at DeLand Municipal Airport. Police arrived at the scene at around 2:30pm on Monday afternoon and are investigating the cause of the accident. Police said they would not identify the skydiver until his next of kin were notified.

This was not the first fatal skydiving incident at DeLand Municipal Airport, which is owned by the city of DeLand and is open for public use. Another skydiver was killed During a failed landing at the same airport in October 2022, he fell to his death in an apparent accident caused by a malfunctioning parachute, DeLand police said at the time.

DeLand Municipal Airport

DeLand Municipal Airport/City of DeLand

Similar incidents occurred elsewhere in Florida as well.

Last October, a 69-year-old man was found wearing skydiving equipment Dead in the garden of the house in Titusville, which is located along the coast about 40 miles east of Orlando. The house was near an air park and a skydiving center. Footage taken from a neighbour’s surveillance camera showed the skydiver descending towards the property in the reflection of the windshield of the parked SUV, before landing hard on the ground.

Although skydiving experts acknowledge that the sport carries a certain level of risk, they also say that most skydiving accidents result from human error rather than equipment malfunction.

“Many accidents occur because a jumper — often an experienced skydiver going overboard — makes an error in judgment while landing with a perfectly functioning parachute,” the American Parachutist Association wrote in a section covering safety on its website. The association likened skydiving accidents to vehicle accidents in this sense, noting that “car accidents are not usually the result of equipment failure, but rather operator errors.”

There were 10 fatal skydiving accidents in 2023, out of more than 3.6 million jumps, according to the USPA. The association said that was a record low.

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