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Investigators to review helmet cam from one skydiver killed in Zephyrhills

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2 missing skydivers found dead in wooded area near Zephyrhills Municipal Airport 2 missing skydivers found dead in wooded area near Zephyrhills Municipal Airport

There's new information about the investigation of  two skydivers found dead after their jump Saturday.  Authorities plan to review footage from a helmet camera worn 40-year-old Orvar Arnarson during his fatal jump Zephyrhills.
Pasco County sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow said investigators will review footage from 41-year-old instructor Orvar Arnarson's camera.

At this time, the medical examiner found that Arnarson and Pordarson died from blunt trauma and the manner of death was determined to be an accident.

Saturday night, Sheriff's Office found the bodies of two men, one experienced skydiver, Arnarson,  the other a student, 25-year-old Andrimar Pordarson with just eight jumps under his belt, in a wooded area near Zephyrhills Municipal Airport off Yonkers Road.  

The skydivers were part of a group from Iceland jumping with Skydive City in Zephyrhills.  Their plane left around 10:30 AM, with 22 people on board.  When only 20 returned, Skydive City called Zephyrhills Police.  Later, the Sheriff's Office was called in to assist, and took over the investigation.

The longer the search went on, the less confident Skydive City owner David T.K. Hayes was that the men would be found alive.

"As time goes on, the experienced skydiver, especially, even if he had a skydive that went wrong, most of us would think he would've put himself down somewhere safe where he would've been able to walk out or at least certainly been seen from the air," said Hayes.
Hayes says what makes the news of their deaths so hard to believe is that both jumpers had automatic activation devices (AAD) in their reserve chutes.  AAD's trigger the reserve chute at about a 700-750 foot altitude.  Hayes confirmed that the men's main chutes were not deployed.  Hayes also said that the men's reserve chutes were deployed by the AAD but for some unknown reason, did not save their lives.
Investigators are now reviewing data recovered from the AADs worn by both men.


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