DELAND, Fla. (AP) -- An experienced skydiver died in DeLand after
his main parachute failed to open.
Police identified the victim of Friday evening's accident as
64-year-old Harley Mowrey.
Skydive DeLand manager Mike Johnston told police Mowery was
participating in a 100-person formation. The group broke apart at
6,000 feet, but when Mowrey went to deploy his parachute, it
malfunctioned. Police say Mowrey's reserve chute deployed, but it
wasn't enough to prevent a hard landing.
Mowery was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
Johnston said Mowery was a longtime jumper, who had been
chairman of the United States Parachute Association in the past.
Also on Friday, 68-year-old Paul C. Luter III died in a
skydiving accident in Zephyrhills.
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