One killed in skydiving accident

One person was killed in an apparent skydiving accident Sunday.

Police responded to the DeLand Municipal Airport at 9:58 a.m. Sunday after a male parachutist, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, landed hard in a parking lot and was found unresponsive.

Witnesses told officers that they observed two parachutists collide mid-air with their parachutes open and got tangled. One person was able to regain control while the other was not able to get his parachute to re-open. Bystanders attempted to render first aid to the skydiver but were unsuccessful.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Contact: Chris Graham
Public Information Officer
386-626-7117
grahamc@deland.org