Half of all US skydiving deaths in 2019 happened at same airport

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Three out of the six skydiving deaths this year have occurred at Longmonts Vance Brand Municipal Airport in Colorado (Picture: Getty Images/Google Maps)

Half of all US skydiving deaths have occurred at the same airport this year- which just saw its third person die.

Brock Barto, 29, died Saturday morning at Longmont, Colorados Vance Brand Municipal Airport where officials are reporting an unusually high number of deaths.

Witnesses told Fox 31 that Bartos parachute opened and appeared to be functioning, although investigators are speculating whether he may have either been trying a special maneuver or if he misjudged the landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration said they will be investigating to see if Bartos parachute was packed correctly.

Longmont police Sargent John Wenderquist told the Denver Post: From all accounts his (parachute) was functioning properly. He just misjudged his swooping landing and impacted the ground hard.

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29-year-old died after a skydiving accident at the Colorado Airport on Saturday (Picture: Fox: 31)

Bartos death comes after 23-year-old Logan Polfus died on October 18 as he did a skydiving jump alongside eight other people.



Authorities say Barto, who had completed 150 jumps, was in a one-piece tracking suit, which he was wearing for the first time and may have cause issues during his dive.

In May, Timothy DeTine, 57, died following a jump in May. Police have yet to release further information on DeTines death.

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Patrick Gire, 40, died earlier this month after he suffered complications from a jump in September 2018.

Gire had been skydiving for 10 years and worked for Mile-Hi Skydiving.

Mile-Hi Skydiving is the only skydiving company operating at the Vance Brand Municiple Airport andRead More – Source




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