Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Williamsburg woman reported killed in skydiving accident

A Williamsburg woman was killed Thursday in a skydiving accident in South Carolina, according to media reports.

The accident happened about 3:30 p.m. at the annual “CarolinaFest” skydiving event in Chester, which is just south of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Officials with SkyDive Carolina, the event’s sponsor, said in a statement that the woman was “highly experienced” and had more than 15,000 skydives, according to Charlotte TV station WBTV.

“The skydiver safely deployed their main parachute but experienced a malfunction,” Skydive Carolina officials told WBTV.

The 68-year-old woman’s name was not immediately released, pending notification of family.

Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker told WBTV that human error, not equipment failure, appeared to be the likely cause of the accident.

Federal and local officials are investigating, WBTV reported.

Bryan DeVasher
Bryan DeVasherhttp://wydaily.com
Bryan DeVasher is the managing editor-digital of WYDaily. A resident of Hampton Roads for more than two decades, he has worked for news organizations in Virginia, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. He most recently was a member of the public relations staff for Virginia State Police.

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