Two Skydivers Injured After Parachute Malfunction in Titusville
Two skydiving enthusiasts were rushed to an area hospital in Titusville after a malfunction with two parachutes led to a less than ideal landing inside of a residential neighborhood. Reports relating to the incident began to emerge from emergency response crews working within Brevard County shortly after the incident itself took place. We know from these reports that it was sometime after 10:00 when the skydivers jumped from their plane and began to plummet to the ground.
The very beginnings of the incident, however, stretch back to around 10:00 in the morning when two individuals, a master jumper and a student with the Space Coast Skydive Center, climbed into an airplane and took off from Dunn Airport North Titusville. The Space Coast Skydive Center told authorities that everything with the equipment appeared to be perfectly normal before the takeoff. Shortly after the plane left the ground, it reached the desired altitude and the two individuals leapt from the safety of the plane’s belly and into empty space.
The trip was at first going exactly as planned and the two plunged towards the earth with the exhilarating rush that makes skydiving such a popular activity. The fun ended, however, shortly after the skydivers attempted to release their parachutes.
What exactly happened remains the object of an investigation, but video taken from witnesses shows the two divers dropping from the sky, their parachutes both deployed, their bodies spinning around and around one another. Fortunately, the parachutes were not entirely useless and while the fall was still far faster than it should have been they did not impact the ground with the fatal velocity of someone in a free fall.
When they landed, it was along Tennessee Street’s 900 block, a residential part of the city. Pictures show a parachute splayed out on the lawn of a home, the homeowner looking on in concern as emergency teams investigate the area.
Paramedics with the Brevard County Fire Rescue reached the two divers shortly after they landed and treated them as best as they could before the two were airlifted from the area to a trauma center. At the time of this writing, it is believed that both are expected to recover. The incident itself remains under investigation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.