Man Dies in Skydiving Accident in Chester County


CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) – A man died Saturday in a skydiving accident in Chester County.

Officials say 20-year-old Justin William Swaggerty, from Naples, Florida, was killed during the accident at Skydive Carolina.

Owner Danny Smith said the free-fall portion of the jump and the parachute deployment was “uneventful.” However, the skydiver struck an aircraft on the ground which resulted in his death.

Smith said Skydive Carolina is closing its operations until further notice.

“We are devastated by this loss,” Smith said. “We are a tight-knit community living out our passions, but losing anyone hurts deeply. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased and our community.”

Skydive Carolina was founded in 1986 and is in its 34th year of operation.

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