Skydiver warned he wasn't going to pull cord before jumping

Pauline Gross
July 16, 2017

But it was too late.

A heartbreaking story out of Florida today: veteran skydiver Capotorto Vitantonio reportedly told his wife that he wasn't going to pull his parachute cord before his jump, and he was later found in field near skydiving center Skydive DeLand.

Before he had leaped from the plane, his wife, Costanza Zitellini, had run into Skydive DeLand trying to stop him.

Richards immediately radioed the plane, according to a police report, but Vitantonio, 27, had already jumped.

Tara Richards, an employee at Skydive DeLand, told police that Capotorto arrived for the first load of the day and seemed normal, according to a written statement.

Jumping from a plane Tuesday morning about 10am, dispatchers on the ground desperately tried reaching crew, urging them to stop Vitantonio.

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A subsequent police report noted Capotorto, an experienced sky diver with 600 jumps, didn't open his parachute.

A chaplain was called to the scene to let Litellini know that Vitantonio had died.

Authorities state that Vitantonio, an Italian national who worked for United Parachute Technologies, plummeted 13,500 feet to his death.

The News-Journal reported that this is the fifth death since 2013 at Skydive DeLand, which is "one of the busiest jump spots in the nation".

In 2016, United States Parachute Association recorded 21 fatal skydiving accidents in the USA out of roughly 3.2 million jumps.

'When a person steps out the door, they are responsible for themselves'.

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