Maine skydiving instructor dies in Fla. after hard landing

Posted April 02, 2012, at 6:09 p.m.

SEBASTIAN, Fla. — Authorities say a New England skydiving instructor died after a hard landing in central Florida.

Sebastian police say 30-year-old Jason Eisenzopf, originally from Fitchburg, Mass., died after being injured during a jump Friday evening. Police say initial reports indicated that he came in too fast, clipped his foot on a ditch and suffered head trauma during his landing.

Indian River County Fire Rescue reports that Eisenzopf was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital, where he died later that evening.

The death remains under investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week, and an expert will inspect Eisenzopf’s equipment.

Eisenzopf’s mother, Barbara Eisenzopf, told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that her son was spending his second winter at Skydive Sebastian and was planning to return to his job at Skydive New England in Lebanon, Maine.

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