A skydiver is dead and another was seriously injured after an apparent equipment malfunction during a jump at the Lumberton Municipal Airport.
LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - A skydiver was killed and another was seriously injured after an apparent equipment malfunction during a jump at the Lumberton Municipal Airport.
Officials say at least five skydivers jumped from a plane at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Two of them jumped in a tandem. The two who jumped together suffered the equipment failure.
According to Lumberton Fire Chief Jerry Walters, both skydivers were found in a wooded area just off Emmit Byrd Road.
It took several hours for Lamar County deputies to locate the two jumpers and rescue the survivor who was taken to Forrest General Hospital by Baptist Life Flight. The survivor is believed to have suffered broken bones and a head injury.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the Lamar County coroner was on the scene of the accident as rescuers worked to bring the other victim out.
The man who died has been identified as Jimmie Horak, 57, of Pensacola, FL.
The accident is being investigated by a branch of the Federal Aviation Administration that handles skydiving accidents.
The Lumberton airport is a favorite spot for south Mississippi skydivers. Just hours after the accident, another plane full of skydivers took off for their jump.