Camera May Hold Clues in Skydivers' Deaths
Icelandic instructor, student die in Florida jump
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2013 2:57 AM CDT
The United States Parachute Association says 19 skydivers died in the US last year.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Authorities probing the deaths of two men in a skydiving accident in Florida on Saturday hope a helmet camera worn by one of them will provide some clues, Tampa Bay Online reports. The instructor and student, both from Iceland, were found dead in a wooded area about a mile from the landing zone after a morning jump. The pair jumped separately and neither of their main parachutes opened.

"Neither one deployed his main chute and we don't know why," the co-owner of Skydive City in the Tampa suburb of Zephyrhills says. "Sometimes during a jump something creates a distraction." Both the men's reserve chutes automatically deployed, but not in time to save them. They were on their third jump of the day. Skydiving has become safer over the decades but accidents still happen, with 19 skydiver deaths out of an estimated 3.1 million jumps in the US last year, the AP reports.

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14theGipper
Mar 25, 2013 9:06 AM CDT
Or more than likely they didn't re-calibrate their AAD throughout the day (this was their third jump), so in a sense could have been operator error. Whats more interesting will be the reason they both failed to deploy their main chutes to begin with, especially one being an instructor. Im wondering how far apart they actually jumped to see if they simply ran into each other trying to link up in the air and both got knocked out..... I have seen that one before.
Antiliberal
Mar 25, 2013 6:31 AM CDT
I'm thinking the reserve chutes' altitude sensors should be set just a little bit higher. How about you?
kj_nm
Mar 25, 2013 6:10 AM CDT
the odds of both chutes failing are extremely long. They're both from a small population country where everybody is related, it was suicide