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.