One man died in a skydiving accident near the Lodi airport due to an apparent parachute malfunction.
The owner, Bill Dause, is saying that the business had nothing to do with the accident other than piloting the plane that the victim jumped from. The business did not pack the parachute or maintain any of the other gear that was involved in the accident, according to Dause.
The victim, Ramiro Ramirez Sainz used his own parachute and was an experienced skydiver, Dause added.
Sheriff’s deputies from San Joaquin County said that Sainz’s parachute malfunctioned, which caused him to make a hard landing into a wall just north of the Lodi airport. Sainz did not survive the accident.
Dause also says he and his instructors are upset with the public’s perception that there have been frequent deaths at their organization, and admitted that he didn’t even know the exact number of people that have died at their drop zone.
FOX40 News reports that this was the 14th death at the Lodi drop zone since it was opened by Dause in the early 1980s.
According to the United States Parachute Association: