Skydiver Killed In Orange County

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

August 28, 2006

A Virginia man enjoying his weekend with a rush of adrenaline in Orange County is dead. The experienced skydiver lost his life after making several jumps in one day.

"We got a call to respond to the Orange County Airport in reference to a skydiving incident," said Sergeant F.L. Tyler of the Virginia State Police Department.

A trooper from the Virginia State Police Department got to the airport around 1:00 p.m. On Saturday. The trooper quickly realized there was an emergency involving a skydiver jumping with others at Skydive Orange.

"He had made several jumps earlier in the day, and had gone up for his fourth jump. As he exited the plane, and came down to deploy the parachute, it did not open all the way," added Sgt. Tyler.

Out of the plane, and falling more than 1000 feet into an open field, was Michael Bruce Raymond, of Arlington, Virginia. Virginia State Police says the 31-year-old died on the scene because of a parachute malfunction. Still, an even bigger investigation continues to figure out what caused the malfunction.

"The State Police get involved, I am sure the Orange County Sheriff's Department assisted, and as well as we notify the Federal Aviation Administration of the incident," added Sgt. Tyler.

An employee at Skydive Orange told the Charlottesville Newsplex the last time a person was killed while parachuting in Orange, Virginia was in 1999. In that accident, the Federal Aviation Administration got involved to investigate. In this accident, the FAA is also involved.

The last fatal skydiving accident in the area was in Louisa County which happened last May.

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