Sunday, May 26, 2013

Man, 62, injured after jump at Skydive DeLand, Florida: Another skydiver, 98, successfully jumps

DELAND, Fla. —A DeLand skydiver suffered serious injuries Saturday afternoon when his parachute may have opened incorrectly, authorities said.

DeLand police said 62-year-old Michael Trusser was airlifted to Halifax Medical Center, where his condition was not immediately available.

DeLand police spokesman Sgt. Chris Estes told WESH 2 News that Trusser's parachute had a "hard opening,” which caused rapid deceleration.  The jolt may have injured him, and may have caused him to land outside of the designated landing area.

Police said Trusser landed inside a nearby school bus yard instead of landing at the skydive’s landing site at the DeLand Airport, hitting a vehicle as he landed.

Estes said the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and the investigation continues.

Meanwhile, a 98-year-old man was among the hundreds of jumps at Skydive DeLand Saturday.

Don Sugg has done a few skydives since his first one at the age of 80. His special event was a fundraiser for The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia to help build emergency housing.

Sugg said the family shelter, scheduled to open later in the year, is more than halfway to its $200,000 goal to be built.

After his jump, Sugg told WESH 2 News that skydiving is safer than riding in a vehicle, and described his experience of seeing all the way to the coast during the drop and of going through clouds during his descent.


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