Byron -- The victim of a weekend sky-diving accident near Byron Airport has been identified as Ole Jakob Husa, a resident of Pleasant Hill.
Husa was apparently killed after his foot became entangled in a line as he struggled to get his main parachute to open. He was declared dead at the scene. Still, the cause of death has not been determined, according to a spokesman from the Contra Costa coroner's office.
The 24-year-old, who had performed more than 200 jumps during his two years of sky-diving experience, made his last dive from a 14-passenger King Air airplane operated by the Bay Area Skydiving Co., at the Byron Airport.
The sky diver packed his own parachute and was using his personal equipment when the accident happened shortly before 5 p.m., according to Mike Tjaarde, manager of the Bay Area Skydiving Co.
Tjaarde said Saturday's accident was the first fatal sky dive at the airport since 1995 and the first for the Bay Area Skydiving Co. in eight years.
An investigation into the accident is continuing. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will also look into Husa's death.
A British Army sergeant was killed during a parachuting accident today, the Ministry of Defence said. Sgt Stefan Robert, 30, a member of the 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, was killed while jumping from an RAF Hercules at 3,000ft over Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire. He was married man with a young daughter and based at Didcot, Oxfordshire, the MoD confirmed tonight.
An investigation is under way and a board of inquiry is to be set up by the Army. An MoD spokesman said that the accident was caused by a parachute malfunction, but could not elaborate further on the cause of the tragedy. The jump was part of a military training exercise.
His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Steve Cooper, said:
"Sergeant Robert was highly respected and throughout his career has displayed much promise. It is a tremendous shock that his young and valuable life has been taken so prematurely. He will be greatly missed by all of his regiment, his friends, but most importantly his family."
Sgt Robert joined the Army in 1990 and had been a member of the bomb disposal team for the past three years. He had recently completed a tour of Kosovo. Paramedics called to the scene of the accident attempted to treat the soldier, but he is believed to have died at the scene.
On Saturday January 8, a competitor in the Rumbleseat Meet at Perris Valley outside Los Angeles died during the first round of competition. James Martin spun in under a main-reserve entanglement. Three teams withdrew from the meet before the second round. The competition has not been cancelled and is still happening. Jim Wallace is assisting with the investigation. No further details available at this time.
In a second incident a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department says a skydiver died near the Byron Airport today when his foot apparently became tangled in a line when he released his main parachute. Sgt. Alan Johnson say the dive about 4:45 p.m. started OK but the 24-year-old man was unable to free himself from the line. He says determination of the cause of death will be made by the coroner.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will also investigate the accident. A spokesman for the airport says the skydiver was in a Bay Area Skydiving plane that had taken off from the airport. He said the jump occurred about a quarter of a mile north of the airport. He said the last fatality in a skydive there was in 1995. A spokesman for Bay Area Skydiving was unavailable for comment.