Lodi Skydiving Accident Results In Two Deaths
On Saturday, August 6, 2016, two skydivers were making a tandem jump near Lodi, California when something went wrong. The parachutes did not deploy, and both individuals were pronounced dead when deputies arrived on the scene. The first reports came in at roughly 10:00 a.m. to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office informing authorities there was a skydiver down at Acampo’s Parachute Center.
As soon as deputies arrived, they found two bodies in a vineyard.
Reports from a sheriff’s deputy on the scene stated that it appeared that the parachute did not deploy until after the two skydivers made impact. One of the men was an instructor for the skydiving center, but the names of the two parties were not released. The accident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.
According to the owner of the Parachute Center, the instructor was an independent contractor who had made roughly 700 jumps in his career. The owner also stated that the parachute failed to eject and that there was no initial reasoning or explanation as to why it failed.
This isn’t the first time Acampo’s Parachute Center has been in the news. The National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation in May of this year in an effort to determine why a small plane experienced a forced landing. Another investigation occurred two years ago, this time after a professional skydiver was killed after colliding with another skydiver in midair. In February, a report in the Lodi News-Sentinel claimed that a solo skydiver died after there was a malfunction with the parachute.
The FAA has alleged various violations of safety and regulatory standards, proposing that the center be fined numerous times. The fines were ultimately dropped.
According to reports, the wind and conditions at the time of the jump were considered to be perfect.