Skydiver jumped to his death after leaving video for wife, police say

17 July, 2017, 12:11 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Skydiver sent wife video before jump that he wasn’t going to pull cord ‘Going somewhere wonderful

An incident report released Friday by the DeLand Police Department says Capotorto Vitantonio's wife ran into Sky Dive DeLand Tuesday after receiving the video and begged an employee to stop her husband.

During police investigations, Richards said Capotorto had 'seemed normal before the flight'.

Police searched the area around Skydive DeLand on Flightline Bvld. for Vitantonio and found him face down in an open field near the runway at around 10 a.m., according to a police report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.

His wife, 25-year-old Costanza Zitelleni, panicked when she received a video message from her husband saying he wasn't planning on pulling the ripcord during the jump and was "going somewhere wonderful".

Capotorto, 27, and his wife both worked with skydiving-related companies.

Officials called a chaplain to the scene to tell Zitelleni of her husband's death.

A spokesman for Skydive DeLand told the Washington Post that they offer their deepest sympathy to Vitantonio's family and friends.

Capotorto was an avid skydiver with more than 600 jumps.

Vitantonio's was employer was United Parachute Technologies, which is also based in DeLand, according to Time. A Skydive DeLand employee had radioed the plane after Litellini's intervention, but general manager Mike Johnston tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal the message was received "moments too late".

The News-Journal reported that this is the fifth death since 2013 at Skydive DeLand, which is "one of the busiest jump spots in the nation".

The United States Parachute Association recorded 3.2 million parachute jumps previous year, 16 of which were fatal.

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