Fatal Skydiving Incident Under Investigation In Pepperell

PEPPERELL (CBS) — Officials have confirmed a man died from a skydiving incident in Pepperell.

The incident occurred around 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Pepperell Skydiving Center.

According to the Middlesex District Attorney, the 60-year-old man was an experienced skydiver who worked as an independent contractor filming jumps with the skydiving company.

Preliminary investigations show the man may have “experienced a parachute malfunction.” No foul play is suspected.

He had done “literally thousands of skydives. He was working with the tandem students as a videographer, he was taking videos of the students,” said David Goldstein as skydive instructor in Pepperell.

“Very nice, very gentle, very respectful, professional, a family man,” Goldstein described.

The FAA said they are also investigating the “parachute jumping accident.”

It was the last day of the season for Pepperell Skydiving.

Stephen Hoff, a friend of the victim, said his next jump is going to be hard.

“But it is also important to0, this is a family for us, we stay very close together, and I think it’s important to continue the sport and enjoy it,” he said.

The victim’s name is not being released.

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