Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fatal accident occurred September 14, 2017 near Lodi Parachute Center, Acampo, California

The skydiver who crashed Thursday after a parachute malfunction has died, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday.

Brett Hawton, 54, of Alamo was jumping solo from a plane out of the Lodi Parachute Center in Acampo. Witnesses told Woodbridge Fire District officials that his chute tangled, Chief Steve Butler said last week.

He died Friday, according to the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said last week that he was hospitalized in critical condition after the Thursday accident.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency is investigating whether the parachute was properly packed by the appropriate person. The FAA handles skydiving regulations and investigations.

It’s the second death this year of a skydiver who used the Lodi Parachute Center as a starting point. In May, 42-year-old Matthew Ciancio died when his chute failed to properly deploy at the end of a jump in a wingsuit, a specialized jumpsuit with two arm wings and a leg wing.

Three people died in two incidents related to the center in 2016.

The August 2016 deaths of two men during a tandem jump prompted Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, to introduce legislation giving state and local authorities the option to take parachute center operators to court if they are found out of compliance with federal regulations.

Original article can be found here ➤

ACAMPO, Calif. (KCRA) — A person was injured Thursday in a skydiving accident near the Lodi Parachute Center, the sheriff's department said. 

Someone called 911 at 1 p.m. to report the skydiver was hurt near the 2400 block of North 99 Frontage Road.

The victim was alive as he was taken to a hospital, officials said.

No additional details have been released.

Several people have died in the last couple years during jumps from planes that took off from the Lodi Parachute Center.

Matthew Ciancio, 42, was wearing a wing suit in May during a jump and died when he landed in a vineyard just north of the parachute center, the FAA said.

In February, a skydiver who was on a solo jump from the Lodi Parachute Center was killed due to a parachute malfunction. Two men were killed during a tandem parachute jump in August 2016.

Between 1999 and 2016, there were 13 deaths connected to the parachute center.

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A skydiver is in critical condition after his chute tangled Thursday afternoon near the Lodi Parachute Center, according to Woodbridge Fire District Chief Steve Butler.

The skydiver landed on top of a horse trailer at a company called Trailer Specialists across the street from the Lodi Airport.

The skydiving center in Acampo has been the starting point for numerous parachute-related deaths in the last few years.

A person died in May after jumping in a specialized jumpsuit called a wingsuit, and three people died in jumping accidents related to the Lodi Parachute Center in 2016.

In May 2016, a Lodi Parachute Center plane carrying 18 people landed upside down in a vineyard. No one was seriously injured and the incident was recorded on a helmet-mounted camera.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the incident has not yet been reported.

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1 comment:

  1. As we "legs" used to say "only birds*** and paratroopers fall from the sky"