1 dead, 1 injured in Lumberton skydiving accident - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

1 dead, 1 injured in Lumberton skydiving accident

A skydiver is dead and another was seriously injured after an apparent equipment malfunction during a jump at the Lumberton Municipal Airport. A skydiver is dead and another was seriously injured after an apparent equipment malfunction during a jump at the Lumberton Municipal Airport.

LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - A skydiver was killed and another was seriously injured after an apparent equipment malfunction during a jump at the Lumberton Municipal Airport.

Officials say at least five skydivers jumped from a plane at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Two of them jumped in a tandem. The two who jumped together suffered the equipment failure.

According to Lumberton Fire Chief Jerry Walters, both skydivers were found in a wooded area just off Emmit Byrd Road.

It took several hours for Lamar County deputies to locate the two jumpers and rescue the survivor who was taken to Forrest General Hospital by Baptist Life Flight. The survivor is believed to have suffered broken bones and a head injury.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the Lamar County coroner was on the scene of the accident as rescuers worked to bring the other victim out.

The man who died has been identified as Jimmie Horak, 57, of Pensacola, FL.

The accident is being investigated by a branch of the Federal Aviation Administration that handles skydiving accidents.

The Lumberton airport is a favorite spot for south Mississippi skydivers. Just hours after the accident, another plane full of skydivers took off for their jump.

Copyright 2013 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Hebert Family speaks out about deadly explosion at Omega Protein

    Hebert Family speaks out about deadly explosion at Omega Protein

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:55 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:55:14 GMT
    Christopher Hebert was killed in an accident at Omega Protein's Moss Point plant in 2012. Hebert's loved ones said they are heartbroken to hear of another life lost.More >>
    In 2012, Christopher Hebert was killed when he was caught in a rotating screw conveyor at Omega Protein's Moss Point plant. Hebert's loved ones said they are heartbroken to hear another family is having to deal with losing a loved one because of something that happened at the plant.
    More >>
  • Woman, 2 children killed in Leake County ATV accident

    Toddler involved in fatal Leake County ATV accident expected to recover

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:08:07 GMT
    Two-year-old Alicia Hernandez is currently at Blair E. Batson hospital in Jackson recovering from an ATV accident that killed her mother, brother and a cousin. "My Aunt Lucy Hernandez, her second oldestMore >>
    Sarah Eichelberger, of Baton Rouge, was driving her 2009 Acura car when she collided with Lucy Hernandez's Honda ATV.
    More >>
  • Suspect's death takes a toll on authorities

    Suspect's death takes a toll on authorities

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:53:12 GMT
    The D'Iberville man who was pulled from the Tchoutacabouffa River this weekend drowned, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Monday, an autopsy was completed on James King. Authorities sayMore >>
    The D'Iberville man who was pulled from the Tchoutacabouffa River this weekend drowned, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Monday, an autopsy was completed on James King. Authorities say the 21-year-old jumped into the river Saturday while running away from police. It's the kind of tragedy first responders admit always takes a toll on them.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.