Investigators today are on the scene of an fatal sky-diving accident at Longmont’s Vance Brand Municipal Airport, the fourth death stemming from jumps there in less than a year.
Longmont police Sgt. John Wederquist confirmed that rescue personnel were called at 10:16 a.m., on reports of a male in his 30s who was not breathing and not conscious. The man’s identity has not yet been released.
“From all accounts his ‘chute was functioning properly,” Wederquist said. “He just misjudged his swooping landing, and impacted the ground hard.”
Wederquist said that nurses who happened to be at the airport attempted to revive the man, but were not successful in doing so. He was taken to Longmont United Hospital, and pronounced dead there at about 10:45 a.m., according to Wederquist.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the incident, Wederquist said, but was not yet at the scene. He said it was possible their investigators might not be involved until Monday.
The airport has been the scene of three prior fatal accidents in the past year, two in which skydivers were killed immediately, and a third in which the victim died nine months later from complications stemming from his injuries.
Simla resident Logan Polfuss, 23, was killed in a fall Oct. 18, when he had jumped with eight other skydivers hosted by Mile-Hi Skydiving. His body was not recovered until the following day.
The Federal Aviation Administration subsequently ruled the death of Pulfuss, a veteran of hundreds of jumps, an accident, writing that the one-piece tracking suit Polfuss used might have caused issues during the jump.
Skydiving continued Saturday at Vance Brand Municipal Airport as first responders investigated the scene of where a skydiver died at Vance Brand Airport on Saturday.
Timothy DeTine of Littleton, 57, died in a fall there on May 11. When the fatality came to light several days later, Mile-Hi Skydiving in Longmont did not respond to requests for comment on the incident, and it was not immediately confirmed that Mile-Hi was involved, but it is the only skydiving company that operates out of Vance Brand Municipal Airport.
It was just earlier this week that a third death stemming from skydiving at Vance Brand was made public. Patrick Gire, 40, died June 17, his family confirmed, from complications stemming from a skydiving mishap at the airport that occurred at the airport on Sept. 21, 2018.
Gire had about 6,500 jumps to his credit since taking up the pursuit more than 10 years ago, his family said. Family members said many of his jumps were as an instructor, more recently, a videographer with the Vance Brand Municipal Airport-based Mile-Hi Skydiving operation.
This story will be updated as more details become available.