Teen Dies With Instructor in Tandem Skydive as His Family Watches From the Ground
Two tandem skydivers died in California on Saturday after the parachute failed to open.
One of the victims, whose name has not been released, was a teenager whose family was watching from below as he and the instructor hit the ground at about 10 a.m.
It was the teen's first-ever jump.
Both victims died on impact in a Lodi vineyard, according to reports.
Tragically, the San Joaquine County Sheriff's Office said it appeared that the parachute deployed after impact.
Authorities on Sunday were still trying to reach one of the men's families for notification, sheriff's Sgt. Brandon Riley. The instructor was in his mid-20s, Riley said.
Sheriff’s deputies first responded to a 911 call from a citizen reporting that one of his field workers called him and said a skydiver hit the ground without an open parachute.
The FAA has been contacted and will be taking over the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident.