Fort Bragg Sergeant Killed in ‘Freak Accident’ While Skydiving
OAK ISLAND — A man was killed in a skydiving accident at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Brunswick County Sunday morning.
According to Oak Island Assistant Police Chief Chris Franks, the call came in around 10:45 a.m.
“An individual was skydiving, and he came in a little too fast, and he hit the ground,” Franks said.
“We were told that he had a Class D skydiving license,” Franks said.
According to the U.S. Parachutist Association, those qualifying for a Class D skydiving license have completed at least 500 jumps.
Franks said they believe it was an accident and that wind was a factor.
Airport director Howie Franklin was not there when the incident occurred, but he has spoken with staff who witnessed the incident. Franklin believes that Goff made a turn in the air at around 150 feet, and when he did, the chute collapsed and couldn’t get enough wind to re-open.
Franklin called it “a freak accident.”
“There have been thousands and thousands of jumps there,” he said.
Franklin also noted that prior to jumping, all skydivers must complete a safety training seminar.
He said the accident has been very upsetting for airport staff.
“It was very disturbing to everybody — especially those who witnessed it,” Franklin said. “To us, it’s just a tragedy.”
Franks didn’t know if Goff was on vacation, but he did say that his family was in the area at the time of the incident.
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