Two Icelanders died while parachuting in Zephyrhills, Florida, on Saturday. They were participating in an annual course held by skydiving association Frjálst fall. Two other Icelanders jumped from the same airplane and landed safely.
The accident is being investigated. One of the men was wearing a video camera on his helmet and the police in Pasco County will use the recording in their investigation, ruv.is reports.
Spokesperson for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Melanie Snow, confirmed this to the Tampa Tribune this morning. She also stated that the recording won’t be made public until the case has been closed.
Snow added that a short announcement on the progress of the investigation will be made later today and that the coroner of Pasco County has yet to make a report on the cause of death.
No probable cause for the accident has been released. It has been maintained in the U.S. media that conditions were windy but T.K. Hayes, the owner of Skydive City which organized the jump, stated that the weather was not a factor.
Hayes revealed that the main parachutes had not opened up during the fall. “Neither one deployed his main chute and we don’t know why. Sometimes during a jump something creates a distraction.”
He added that both reserve chutes, a required piece of equipment, did deploy. “But it was not in time to save their lives.”
Hundreds of skydivers have come to participate in Skydive City’s annual Easter Boogie event, which will take place in spite of the accident.