Man Falls To Death In Backyard Of A Home After Parachute Doesn’t Deploy

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — A skydiver has died after authorities say his parachute did not deploy during a jump in southwest Florida.

Pasco Sheriff’s officials told WTSP-TV that 62-year-old Mark Curto died on scene after attempting a maneuver near Topp of Tampa airport on Saturday.

Curto fell into the backyard of a home.

“You had children playing in their front yards. Kids could see the planes from their front yard,” Pasco County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Melanie Snow told WTSP. “This is something people could see in various parts of the community.”

Toby Fallis witnessed Curto fall to his death.

“Surreal is what it was to see somebody fall off the plane and actually have it be a human body,” Fallis told WTSP.

The pilot of the biplane landed safely in Wesley Chapel.

The sheriff’s office ruled it an accident.

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