The St. Tammany Parish is currently investigating a skydiving accident, which occurred shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Sunday (May 28, 2017).
The preliminary investigation indicates that a skydiver instructor, and a trainee, performed a tandem jump early this morning. For unknown reasons, the instructor loss consciousness shortly after leaving the airplane. The main parachute did not open, resulting in the reserve parachute to open. It is unknown if the reserve parachute opened property, but witnesses say that both skydivers hit the ground very hard. The incident occurred on the Royal Golf Course in Slidell.
The male instructor was pronounced dead at the scene, and the trainee was airlifted to a hospital in the New Orleans area. The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified. The incident is still under investigation and more details will be released as they become available. Sheriff Randy Smith says, “We still aren’t one-hundred percent sure exactly what happened, but so far, it appears to be a tragic accident. Our prayers go out to the families affected by this incident.”