Sunday, October 28, 2012

Skydiver dies after 'hard landing' at Chester Catawba Regional Airport (KDCM), Chester, South Carolina

CHESTER — An experienced skydiver who officials said took a "hard landing" at the Chester Catawba Regional Airport Sunday morning died in a Charlotte hospital some hours later.

Emergency crews and first responders were called to the airport around 10:17 a.m. after receiving a call about a skydiver jumping with Skydive Carolina hitting the ground after a "hard landing," said Eddie Murphy, director of county emergency management.

Officials transported the man to Chester Regional Medical Center, where he received treatment, Murphy said. He was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center, where he later died. His time of death was not available.

Murphy said that the accident had nothing to do with the plane itself. He was unsure how many other people may have been joining the skydive group Sunday.

James LaBarrie, general manager for Skydive Carolina, said the man "had a perfectly good parachute." He stressed that there was no equipment malfunction and the diver was very experienced.

He would not give more details, or release the man's name pending family notification.

Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker did not have the man's name, age or residence immediately available.

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