Skydiver's death to be investigated

2012-04-29 14:12

Johannesburg - A man died in a parachuting accident at a skydiving club in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg, the Parachute Association of SA said on Sunday.

Roelof Hattingh, 39, did a solo skydive on Saturday afternoon and came down two kilometres from the landing area, Pasa's national safety and training officer Mark Bellingan said in a statement.

"He was observed under parachute flying over and away from the landing area in a downwind direction. No attempt to change the direction of the flight path was observed," said Bellingan.

Hattingh's parachute had opened and was fully functional. When Hattingh was found on the scene he had no vital signs. He sustained injuries during his landing, but the exact cause of death was not known yet.

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