Skydiving instructor intentionally loosened harness to commit suicide during tandem jump

2018-11-28 12:11
Tandem skydiving. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Tandem skydiving. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

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An American skydiving coach intentionally took his life by detaching himself in mid-air during a tandem jump, an investigation has found.

Brett Bickford (41) from New Hampshire in the US was 1.6km off the ground with a student when he reportedly loosened his harness and plunged to his death on 27 September, New York Post reports.

The student survived the incident, and search and rescue crews found Brett’s body a day later 228m from New Hampshire's Lebanon Municipal Airport, where the plane took off from, reports People.

Since the incident occurred, local police have been investigating the matter and concluded after a two-month probe that his death was a suicide.

"State Police interviews with other skydivers and industry officials concluded that no experienced skydiver would loosen a parachute harness by mistake," Maine State Police said in a statement.

"Bickford, an instructor at Skydive New England, was jumping with a second man at the time. Investigators concluded that Bickford loosened his harness in mid-air and it was an intentional act."

Police have informed Brett’s family of the investigation’s findings, Daily Mail reports.

Last month, the skydiving instructor's brother Jason opened up about his sibling's death.

"I'm thankful for being able to grow up with him and to have such an amazing person to look up to and just watch how he lived life," Jason said.

"He amazed me at everything he did and was always great at anything he felt was worth his time.

"He was the most unique person I've ever known, one who made choices because it was what he wanted, never because it was what someone else wanted or expected, and I will envy that part of Brett for the rest of my life."

Source: NY Post, Daily Mail, People

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