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Skydiver deaths ruled an accident

7:47 PM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
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Zephyrhills, FL -- Following an autopsy on two Icelandic skydivers who died over the weekend at Skydive City in Zephyrhills, officials have ruled their deaths an accident.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office also says 41-year-old Orvar Arnarson and 25-year-old Andrimar Pordarson died Saturday when they hit the ground.

According to officials, neither man deployed their main parachute during the jump. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate whether the chutes were working properly.

On Monday, dozens of people from around the world were back jumping at Skydive City. Lee Cooper of England says he was on the plane with both men before the fatal accident, yet he was ready to jump again despite the tragedy.

"The equipment is very good, the training is very good, at the end of the day, even driving a car, there are elements of risk," Cooper told 10 News.

According to the U.S. Parachute Association, there were 19 skydiving fatalities in the U.S. last year out of an estimated 3.1-million jumps. That's one fatality per 163,158 skydives, which the organization says is down from previous years.

To put it another way, the USPA says according to the National Safety Council, a person is more likely to be killed getting struck by lightning or stung by a bee than dying from jumping out of a plane.

Since opening in 1989, more than a million jumps have been recorded at Skydive City.

The Tampa Bay Times reports at least 15 people have died in sky diving accidents since 1991 over Zephyrhills.

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