One dead after skydiving accident at Crete Airport

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Law enforcement confirmed that one person involved in a skydiving accident at the Crete Airport has died.

Two skydivers jumped from an aircraft late Thursday afternoon, the Crete Police Department said.

Police said that the parachute worked properly but that the skydivers did not slow down enough as they approached the ground.

One of the skydivers was taken to Crete Area Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police have not released the man’s identity because they are still notifying his family members.

The other skydiver, 56-year-old Romulo Suarez of rural Crete, was taken to Bryan West Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

“The Skydive Atlas family is grieving today after the tragic loss of a novice skydiver,” said Sean Tillery, the owner of Skydive Atlas.

Tillery told Channel 8’s McKenzie Johnson that every day, safety is the company’s top priority. Novice divers receive training before each dive, Tillery said.

Crete Police said the Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating.

The FAA says its investigations usually involve an inspection of the packing of the parachute and reserve parachute, and a look at the rules of flight for the pilot and aircraft.

The Crete Municipal Airport declined to comment when asked about the accident.

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