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Byron Skydive Victim Identified As Pleasant Hill Man

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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.



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