Iowa Skydiving Firm Says Death Was Accident
by Associated Press
August 18, 2013 2:12 PM
The owner of Skydive Iowa says a man who fell to his death Friday had planned only to observe the flight, not jump.
Company owner Bruce Kennedy says the eastern Iowa man's parachute deployed prematurely during take off and he was pulled from the plane. The man's name hasn't been released by authorities.
Kennedy says everyone on Skydive Iowa flights wears a parachute. The man who died had previously flown on more than 10 observation flights.
The man died after the plane took off from Brooklyn, Iowa, Friday evening.
Authorities from the Federal Aviation Administration and Iowa State Patrol are investigating.