Two Men Killed While Skydiving Didn’t Open Parachutes

MIAMI (March 25, 2013)—T.K. Hayes, the co-owner of a facility where two Icelandic men died while skydiving over the weekend, says the men did not deploy their main parachutes.

Hayes, of Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Fla., said the men's equipment appeared to be working properly, although authorities are still investigating.

Automatic devices with backup chutes were activated and the chutes were out of their containers, but Hayes says they didn't have time to deploy fully before impact.

The Pasco County sheriff's office identified the victims as instructor Orvar Arnarson, 41, and Andrimar Pordarson, 25.

They men jumped separately as part of a group of about 12 from Iceland who visit the facility annually.

The men did not return from their third jump of the day Saturday morning, setting off an hours-long investigation.

Their bodies were found in the woods near the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport.


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