Update: Skydiver who died at Monroe-Walton County Airport Saturday identified

UPDATE: Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass confirmed that the skydiver who died at Monroe-Walton County Airport on Saturday afternoon, June 10, 2017, was 49-year-old Joseph Bennett of 5115 Apple Grove Road, Buford, GA. Glass said he was a very experienced skydiver. The accident happened at about 2:39 p.m. during a parachute landing fall. Fellow skydivers provided first aid until EMS arrived and he was then lifeflighted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta where he succumbed to the injuries he received in the fall.

Bill Scott, owner of Skydive Monroe, released a statement on the death of Bennett.

“I am sorry to inform you, but one of my very experienced jumpers did die. He was making his normal approach to landing and misjudged his timing and angle of the final approach and impacted the ground. He was life flighted to Grady Memorial hospital. There was to much trauma and he did not survive.”

Initial story

Officials with Monroe Fire Department report that a skydiver did not survive a fall at the Monroe-Walton County Airport Saturday afternoon.

Monroe Assistant Fire Chief Bill Owens said EMS crews were dispatched to 535 Towler Street on Saturday regarding a parachute  accident. They had been advised that units were responding to a skydiver that had fallen and CPR was in progress. The victim was conscious and talking when EMS crews arrived and he was quickly transported to Grady Memorial Hospital by air ambulance with life threatening injuries. Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass confirmed that he did not survive his injuries.

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