A California skydiving center known for its high mortality rate has claimed yet another victim. On Saturday the woman, a veteran skydiver, fell to her death because of a parachute malfunction. Instead of the device releasing properly, it became tangled around her, dragging her back down to earth.
Police arrived at the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center in Acampo around 2:30 p.m. where they discovered the deceased woman.
A witness gave a statement to the police sharing that, “the chute failed to fully open as she was coming down and it was heavily tangled around her,”
This death is not the first of its kind that Skydive Lodi Parachute Center has encountered. In fact, this death marks the 22nd to occur, the 17th since 1999.
Just a month ago, Lodi was ordered to pay a sum of $40 million to the family of an 18-year-old who died in a tandem jump in 2016. Investigation of this 2016 death revealed that the instructor guiding the jump was not in fact certified to fly.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, focusing on a thorough analysis of the equipment involved in the accident.