Lodi Parachute Jump Kills Two Men
I’m Ed Smith, a Lodi personal injury lawyer. Two men passed away Saturday morning after participating in a tandem jump at a skydiving park near Lodi, officials said.
A call came in around 10:00 a.m. to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office about a skydiver down at Acampo’s Parachute Center near Lodi, California. When officers arrived on scene, they discovered two men deceased in an adjacent vineyard near the Parachute Center.
A preliminary report indicated that it looked as if the parachute did not deploy correctly.
The identity of the victims have not been made public.
We do know they are both males who appeared to be in their 20s.
One of the victims is an instructor.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and is reportedly coming to investigate the deadly incident.
Bill Dause, the owner of Parachute Center, told KCRA-News, that the fallen instructor in Saturday’s deadly tandem jump was an independent contractor. He said the independent contractor had completed approximately 700 jumps in his life.
Dause explained that the parachute failed to deploy properly. He said he does not know exactly why. He believes that the problem might have something to do with things going out of sequence.
Parachute Center Track Record
The double fatality Saturday is not the first accident for the Acampo center. Less than 90 days ago, the National Transportation Safety Board came out to investigate why a small plane experienced a forced landing. That plane was under the operation of the Parachute Center. In 2014, a professional skier passed away there after crashing in midair with another skydiver, as reported by the Sacramento Bee.
The FAA has proposed fines repeatedly against the Parachute Center in Acampo for alleged violations of safety.
Dause told the Sacramento Bee earlier this year that the proposed fines were dropped.
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