FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) – A Greenfield man was killed in a skydiving accident in Franklin on Sunday.
According to a release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, officers were called to the Franklin Flying Field, located at 3477 South 200 East in Franklin, on the report of an injured skydiver.
When emergency personnel arrived, they found 50-year-old Donald Wayne Hauck, of Greenfield, unconscious and CPR being performed.
Hauck suffered severe leg injuries. Police say a medical helicopter was called to the scene. Despite lifesaving efforts, Hauck was pronounced dead.
His parachute was open, but witnesses say something happened when he was about 100 feet from landing.
“Witnesses said he came in at a high rate of speed, they’re not sure if there was abnormal lift,” said Deputy Jeremy Witherington, Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office. “According to one of the witnesses, it looked like the parachute kind of jumped a little bit as he was turning in at a 180 degree turn.”
After the maneuver Hauck’s chute never recovered, sending him into the ground.
Workers at Franklin Flyign Field didn’t want to comment on what happened out of respect of Hauck’s family. However, one sky diver who works there says he was very close to Hauck, as were a lot of people who worked and jumped there often.
The incident shocked not only the sky diving community, but those who see them jump every day.
“At any given time you can look up in the sky and see four to eight parachutes coming down,” said George Reinacker.
Deputy Witherington said the FAA will open an investigation into this case.
According the United States Parachute Association, there were 24 fatal sky diving accidents in the U.S. in 2013, out of a total of 3.2 million jumps.