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Skydiver kills self by not opening parachute


DeLand Police released a revised report Friday saying Vitantonio's wife, Costansa Litellini, 25, received a video from her husband saying he was "not going to pull the cord and that he was going somewhere wonderful".

He told his wife that he was not planning to pull the ripcord and was "going somewhere wonderful".

An employee immediately radioed the plane but learned that the 27-year-old had already jumped.

The Sky Dive DeLand employee told investigators that Vitantonio seemed "normal" before going up.

A man's body was found last week at Skydive DeLand, the city of DeLand said.

An experienced skydiver in Florida committed suicide by jumping out of a plane and not pulling the parachute chord, according to police.


A chaplain was called to the scene to let Litellini know that Vitantonio had died. Both of them worked for United Parachute Technologies, a local company that makes containers for parachutes.

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.

Mr Capotorto, an Italian national who lived in DeLand, was an avid sky-driver who had made more than 600 previous jumps.

The News-Journal reported that this is the fifth death since 2013 at Skydive DeLand, which is "one of the busiest jump spots in the nation".

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

'When a person steps out the door, they are responsible for themselves'.

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