Skydiver kills self by not opening parachute

by Antonio Miles July 17, 2017, 20:32
Skydiver kills self by not opening parachute

A skydiver in Florida sent his wife a video on Tuesday saying he was "not going to pull the cord" moments before jumping to his death, police said.

DeLand police said an officer was called to Skydive DeLand and was told that Capotorto, an experienced skydiver, jumped from a plane and did not deploy his parachute.

But, by the time the message got up to the crewman who were on the plane with Vitantonio, he had already jumped from 13,500 feet.

Vitantonio's wife, Costanza Zitellini, allegedly received the video message and then immediately went to the Skydive DeLand hanger to bar her husband from getting on the plane.

According to reports from the Orlando Sentinel, longtime skydiver, Vitantonio Capotorto jumped to his death Tuesday morning after intentionally not pulling the cord.

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A chaplain was called to the scene to let Litellini know that Vitantonio had died.

As noted by the Post, Vitantonio's Facebook page displays many photos showing him skydiving, either in tandem dives or solo, while wearing a GoPro camera. The general manager of the center told Daytona Beach News-Journal Litellini arrived "moments too late".

He and Litellini also worked together at United Parachute Technologies, a company that makes containers for parachutes.

"We express our deepest sympathy for his family and his friends", Skydive Deland said in a statement.

The News-Journal reported that this is the fifth death since 2013 at Skydive DeLand, which is "one of the busiest jump spots in the nation". Skydive DeLand is a member of the United States Parachute Association, who reported 21 skydiving fatalities during 2016 out of an estimated 3.2 million jumps by members.


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