Fatal skydiving accident in Middletown

Posted on 08. Nov, 2016 by in Uncategorized

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKRC) – Unprecedented moments late Sunday morning as a skydiver was killed after jumping with two others around 11 a.m.

John Hart is the owner of Start Skydiving and says the man who died in the accident made poor choices during the free fall.

“A tragic accident, an accident that could have been avoided,” said Hart. “I’d like to say that poor choices can lead to tragic things, and in this case, we had an experienced skydiver, 95 jumps, who made some poor choices and ended up resulting in his loss of life.”

Hart says equipment was not the problem and that it was the decision-making that proved to be the reason for the diver’s death. The parachute wasn’t opened until he passed the proper altitude and the main chute wasn’t cut in time.

Hart adds the man was not an employee of Start Skydiving but certainly a member of a bigger group.

“I’m personally affected and hurt by this because he was a fine young man that we all knew, he’s a part of our family, ” said Hart.

The body was located about two miles from where a safe landing should have been made. Police found the man deceased near a building off Hook Drive.

“A very new territory for us, I’ve done this for 17 years and this is the first time I’ve experienced a tragedy like this and taken care of it,” said Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Bost.

The other two skydivers landed safely. Classes and skydiving continued after the accident.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now handling the investigation. His body was recovered by emergency personnel and the Butler County Coroner’s Office near a building on Hook Drive.

Despite the accident, classes continued for the day.

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