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New Jersey man killed in skydiving accident

An experienced skydiver was killed recently in the Williamstown, New Jersey, area after he jumped out of an airplane belonging to an area skydiving center.

The victim was identified as a 54-year-old man from Monroe Township who had completed more than 1,200 jumps.

According to a spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, the main parachute didn't deploy, and the victim was forced to disconnect it. The parachute was later found about a mile away from the victim and was sent to be analyzed.

The skydiver's body was located about 13 minutes after the jump. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy determined he died of multiple injuries. The coroner listed his death as an accident.

The Monroe Township Police Department, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office are conducting the investigation.

The most recent fatal accident of a skydiver from this dive company came in 2014 when a Brooklyn man also experienced parachute failure and crashed into the backyard of a home in Gloucester County. He also was a veteran skydiver, having completed more than 350 jumps.

The United States Parachute Association reports that in 2018, there were just 13 fatal skydiving accidents in the United States. There were 3.3 million jumps.

While that is an impressive statistic, it likely does nothing to comfort the victim's family. A provider of equipment for skydiving or any extreme sport must make sure the equipment is in tip-top shape before it is used. It will be interesting to follow the investigation of this case to see who bears responsibility for this man's death.

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