Skydiver who plunged to his death named

By Mark Price

Emergency services attend the scene of a skydiver's fatal crash near Wanaka Airport yesterday. Photo / Otago Daily Times
Emergency services attend the scene of a skydiver's fatal crash near Wanaka Airport yesterday. Photo / Otago Daily Times

The 38-year-old Italian man who died in a skydiving accident while filming a tandem jump in Wanaka yesterday has been named.

Antonino Arillotta died after his parachute failed to open on a skydiving flight at about 4pm yesterday afternoon.

It appeared he had difficulties with his main and reserve parachutes and he landed on a driving range

The bag for the reserve shoot was found just a few metres from the skydiver, indicating the chute had been deployed close to the ground while the main chute was found a few hundred metres away.

Mr Arillotta's body has been taken to Dunedin.

Police and the Civil Aviation Authority are investigating, and the death has been reported to the Coroner.

- nzherald.co.nz

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