The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a skydiving accident Saturday that claimed the life of a State College man.
Chris Brown, 53, plunged 4,000 feet to his death Saturday morning in Mifflin County when his emergency chute failed to open, according to officials.
He and two others had been skydiving with Skydive Happy Valley, a company that operates out of the Mifflin County Airport.
On Sunday, a staff member of Skydive Happy Valley confirmed that the FAA is investigating the accident.
Brent Hutchings, a manager and instructor at the company, said officials are set to inspect Brown’s gear today to determine what went wrong.
Witnesses said Brown’s main chute opened, but tangled, causing the man to spiral to the ground, Mifflin County Coroner Daniel Lynch said Saturday in a release.
Lynch said Brown was an experienced skydiver. According to the company’s website, he had completed more than 70 dives in the last three years.
Hutchings said Brown worked for the company, managing its website and helping process paperwork for people preparing to skydive.
“He was an awesome guy,” Hutchings said. “He will be deeply, deeply missed. We’re all hurting right now.”
Hutchings declined further comment. Officials in Mifflin County did not return a call seeking an update on the investigation.
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