Skydiver plunges to his death during high school ceremony
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A skydiver has died after landing on a pre-game ceremony at a high school football match in Tennessee, US.
The man, who is believed to be a granddad, landed at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s office.
The skydiver was airlifted to a nearby hospital, but was sadly pronounced dead.
While details of the skydiver were not immediately announced, Washington County Director of Schools, Jerry Boyd, described the man as a “beloved husband, father, and grandfather,” in a statement to WCYB television station.
Boyd added that the skydiver, believed to be aged 55, was hired from company JumpTN in Greeneville.
"Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the injured skydiver that has passed away," he said in a statement. "We ask that everyone keep the family in their thoughts and prayers as they deal with the loss of a beloved husband, father, and grandfather."
In a statement to USA Today, the company said the man had "more than 1500 jumps to his credit".
"The deceased was a highly experienced jumper with decades of experience to their credit and a well-respected member of the skydiving community," they said.
"The entire skydiving community is saddened by the sudden loss of a wonderful member of their community."
Following the tragic incident, a moment of silence was held after the skydiver had been airlifted to hospital.
Boyd added that mental health professionals will also be on hand for students and staff at all Washington County schools on Monday should they need support.
The news comes after another skydiver was tragically killed earlier this year, after both of his parachutes failed to open in Australia.
With 300 previous jumps under his belt, the 34-year-old had plenty of skydiving experience, although it was his first time wearing a wingsuit, which is a kind of jumpsuit with extra webbing that gives the wearer a longer falling time.
Investigators say that both the main parachute and the reserve chute failed to open, leaving Hanna unable to slow his fall.
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