Teen Among 2 Killed in Lodi Skydiving Accident
Details of the Fatal Skydiving Accident
According to The Fresno Bee, one of two skydivers killed on Saturday was a teenager of Los Banos. Francine Salazar confirmed that the young man who died was her son, Tyler Turner.
Turner graduated from high school just two months ago and was jumping for the first time. Salazar said that the other man killed during the tandem jump was an instructor.
Salazar was there watching for her son as jumpers came out of the plane. He was there with several friends celebrating a birthday, she said.
“Before he got on the plane, he knelt down and prayed, made his peace with God, and then turned around and gave me a great big, huge hug,” Salazar said. “He said, ‘I love you, Mom,’ and then he got on the plane.”
She never saw him come down.
Safety Video Not Watched According to Victim’s Mother
The victim’s mother said she was troubled before the jump because, she said, an instructor told the boys they did not need to finish watching the safety video shown beforehand. She said she was there and witnessed the instructor tell the group. “Oh, you don’t need to watch that.”
“I don’t know why they have it if they don’t need to watch it,” Salazar told the Sun-Star.
Bill Dause, owner of the Lodi Parachute Center, spoke to the Sun-Star and said that he was “pretty sure” the group watched the whole film before jumping, but acknowledged he couldn’t be sure. Dause said that the skydiving instructor was a former veteran who had previously done approximately 700 jumps.
He added that the conditions for the jump were optimal and therefore the conditions had nothing to do with the fatal accident. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will determine an exact cause.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing video footage of the skydiving accident as part of their investigation.