The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday planned to inspect a parachute that failed to open, killing a skydiving instructor and first-time jumper in Northern California over the weekend.
An FAA inspector was headed to Skydive Lodi Parachute Center in the 23500 block of North Highway 99 in Acampo on Monday to investigate the deadly incident, agency spokesman Ian Gregor said.
The FAA is looking into obtaining a video showing the accident, he said.
According to the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office, the instructor and student skydiver leaped from an aircraft about 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Their parachute did not deploy until they hit the ground, the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office has not identified the skydivers. But the student’s mother told local news stations that her son, Tyler Turner, had been celebrating a birthday that day with family and friends.
Before the 18-year-old boarded the flight, Francine Salazar told the Merced Sun-Star her son said a prayer, gave her a hug, then told her, “I love you, mom.”
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In a statement issued Monday, the center said it was waiting for more details about the crash from the FAA’s investigation.
“We lost one of our skydiving brothers; two families lost their sons,” the center said. “We are as shocked as anybody by this tragedy.”
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