Williamsburg woman dies in South Carolina skydiving accident

Posted at 7:53 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 15:02:15-04

CHESTER, S.C. (WBTV) – A local woman was killed in a skydiving accident in Chester County, South Carolina, Thursday afternoon, according to WBTV. 

The accident happened during an annual “CarolinaFest” skydiving event.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly after 3:30 p.m. for a report of a hard landing at Skydive Carolina. A coroner was also requested.

In a statement, Skydive Carolina officials said the 69-year-old Williamsburg woman was “highly experienced” and had done more than 15,000 skydives but experienced a malfunction with her main parachute.

While the incident is still being investigated, the Chester County Coroner told WBTV that the accident appeared to be a human error.

“The Skydive Carolina staff and community mourn the loss of a fellow jumper who had a wonderful career in the sport,” Skydive Carolina officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, which will only focus on the packing of the parachute.

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