• Joseph Bonner

22 recorded deaths at Skydive Lodi Parachute Center


The skydiving school in San Joaquin County is now the site of 22 recorded deaths since opening in 1981. Nine of those deaths have occurred since 2016, according to the FAA.

The FAA confirms that some 22 deaths have been recorded from the California based skydiving school in San Joaquin County.

The most recent death occurred Saturday when 57-year-old skydiver Sabrina Call’s parachute became tangled according to witnesses.

San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Call was an experienced skydiver and that witnesses saw her parachute become tangled as it failed to open up all the way.

The FAA has opened an investigation and the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center will undergo inspection.

"Federal Aviation Administration investigations of skydiving events are limited to inspecting the parachute rigging. The FAA does not investigate to determine the cause of the event.” - FAA

In March the family of Tyler Turner was awarded a $40 million judgment against the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center in the death of the 4.3 grade point average 18-year-old who had plans on attending the University of California and had been awarded a full scholarship. Turner died on Aug. 6, 2016, when he fell some 13,000 feet (3,900 meters) hitting the ground with his instructor when the instructor's parachutes failed to open.

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