Mason man dies in skydiving accident in Middletown

Posted on 08. Nov, 2016 by in Uncategorized

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A sky diver from Mason died Sunday morning at Middletown Airport when he deployed his chute too late, says the owner of a sky diving company.
John Hart II, co-owner of the Drop Zone, said the 47-year-old man’s identity has not been released pending notification of his family.
The Mason man, who Hart said had completed 95 previous skydiving jumps, died on impact at approximately 11 a.m.
Hart said the main deployed his chute under the recommended altitude limit of 3,500 feet.
“This wasn’t because of a problem. Maybe he lost altitude awareness. He did use his reserve chute but it deployed too late,” said Hart.
“It’s unfortunate but is was completely avoidable,” said Hart.
“This was not a reflection of a safety problem but a reflection on not making good decisions,” said Hart.
Officials from the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the death.
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One person has died from a skydiving accident at the Start Skydiving facility in Middletown, the Ohio Highway Patrol has confirmed.
The fatal incident was reported at approximately 11 a.m., according to the OHP dispatcher.
More details are expected to be released this afternoon.

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