Two Men Die While Skydiving in Florida

Owner of Zephyrhills skydive business says victims didn't deploy parachutes

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013  |  Updated 4:27 PM EDT
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The co-owner of a Florida facility where two Icelandic men died while skydiving says they did not deploy their main parachutes.
 
T.K. Hayes of Skydive City in Zephyrhills says the men's equipment appeared to be working properly, although authorities are still investigating.
 
Automatic devices with backup chutes were activated and the devices were out of their containers, but Hayes says they didn't have time to inflate before impact.

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The Pasco County sheriff's office identified the victims as 41-year-old instructor Orvar Arnarson and 25-year-old Andrimar Pordarson. The men jumped separately and were part of a group of about 12 from Iceland who visit annually.
 
The men did not return from their third jump of the day Saturday morning, setting off an hours-long investigation.
 
Their bodies were found in the woods near the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport.

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