Skydiver dies deploying parachute too late near Ohio airport

A skydiver was killed in Ohio on a Sunday morning jump after he didn’t deploy his parachute until it was too late.

The skydiver had jumped 95 times before his fatal fall and was licensed at an intermediate skill level. He died after making “a couple poor decisions,” John Hart II, the owner of Start Skydiving in Middletown, told the Journal-News.

The unidentified 47-year-old deployed his parachute 1,000 feet below the recommended altitude limit of 3,500 feet, leading to the tragic accident.

Hart did not suspect any equipment failures, as the jumper did not leap with faulty gear during the skydive at about 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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“This wasn’t because of a problem. Maybe he lost altitude awareness. He did use his reserve chute, but it deployed too late,” Hart told reporters. “It’s unfortunate, but it was completely avoidable.”

Hart pointed out the death was not an issue with skydiving’s “safety problem,” but because the man was “not making good decisions.”

The skydiver died on impact about half a mile west of the Middletown Regional Airport.

The Federal Aviation Association is still investigating the skydiver’s death. Officials were looking into the parachute’s packing, as well as the pilot’s training and the certification of the aircraft, spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory told the Daily News. 

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Classes were still going on at Start Skydiving on Sunday after the fatal accident, WKRC reported.

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