Skydiver texts wife to say he won't pull cord when jumping

Jul 17, 2017, 20:35
Skydiver texts wife to say he won't pull cord when jumping

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.

According to the report, Vitantonio told his wife, Costansa Zitellini, 25, in the video that he was going 'somewhere wonderful'.

Capotorto Vitantonio
Deland Florida skydiver Capotorto Vitantonio. Image via Facebook

During police investigations, Richards said Capotorto had 'seemed normal before the flight'.

Vitantonio, an Italian national, was found with his face down in a field southeast of the runways at DeLand Municipal Airport, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal. According to the Metro, Vitantonio had already jumped by the time ground staff managed to radio the pilot.

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Police were called to Skydive Deland on Tuesday in reference to an injured sky diver.

The United States Parachute Association, of which Skydive Deland is a member, reported 21 fatalities related to skydiving in 2016 out of 3.2 million estimated jumps by its members, the Orlando Sentinel reported. All level of skydiver from beginners signing up for a first tandem jump to experienced groups of skydivers who want to jump out of multiple planes. He was 27 and lived in DeLand with his wife.

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Both he and his wife worked for United Parachute Technologies, a local firm in DeLand that makes parachute containers.

Mike Johnston, a general manager at the facility told The News-Journal earlier this week that Capotorto's wife had arrived "moments too late". Pictured on the right, the man's wife, Image via Facebook.

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