An experienced skydiver with a fully functional parachute died Sunday afternoon after an “extremely hard landing,” according to a spokesman for Kapowsin Air Sports at Sanderson Field in Shelton.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Ryan Erickson, who was an experienced skydiver.
Erickson had completed nearly 1,000 successful jumps in the past. On Sunday, he was doing a two-way jump with a friend, in which the two people jump out of the plane at the same time although each has their own parachute.
“He had a fully operation parachute that opened at the correct altitude,” said the Air Sports spokesman, “but it was obviously just an extremely hard landing.”
Detective William Adam with the Sheriff’s Office said authorities were called just before 1 p.m. Sunday by Kapowsin which reported that a skydiver had landed very hard.
CPR was administered, but the Erickson could not be revived.
Correction: The headline in this post originally said the accident occurred in Kitsap County. The airport where the skydiver was fatally injured is in Mason County.