Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

DeLand sky diver sent wife video foretelling suicidal plunge

DeLand sky diver sent wife video foretelling suicidal plunge

His body was found face down in a field near the runway.

A Skydive DeLand employee told police that the plane had already taken off, but she immediately radioed the plane and told the crew not to let Zitellini jump.

A skydiver in Florida sent a video to his wife saying he wasn't going to pull the cord on his parachute, minutes before jumping to his death from a plane.

DeLand police said an officer was called to Skydive DeLand and was told that Capotorto, an experienced skydiver, jumped from a plane and did not deploy his parachute.

Vitantonio and his wife lived in DeLand.

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A man who received the phone for Skydive DeLand declined to give any details about Vitantonio deaths, but offered the following statement: "We express our deepest sympathy for his family and his friends". The spokesman went on to say the professional skydiver was not affiliated with Skydive DeLand, but was a licensed skydiver who had received the appropriate training for solo jumps. Vitantonio Facebook page was full of photos of himself skydiving with someone else strapped to his back during a tandem dive or accompanied only by a GoPro camera and the curvature of Earth.

Vitantonio's #suicide is reportedly the fifth death within four years at the skydiving center. Vitantonio was an Italian national and worked for United Parachute Technologies since September 2016, which is also based in DeLand.

The general manager of the facility, Mike Johnston, said that Zitellini arrived just 'moments too late'.

In 2016, United States Parachute Association recorded 21 fatal skydiving accidents in the USA out of roughly 3.2 million jumps.

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