Fort Bragg Sergeant Killed in ‘Freak Accident’ While Skydiving – Military.com

OAK ISLAND — A man was killed in a skydiving accident at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Brunswick County Sunday morning.

According to Oak Island Assistant Police Chief Chris Franks, the call came in around 10:45 a.m.

“An individual was skydiving, and he came in a little too fast, and he hit the ground,” Franks said.

The victim has been identified as Justin Goff of Florida. Goff, 29, was in the U.S. Army and was based at Fort Bragg. He was an experienced skydiver.

“We were told that he had a Class D skydiving license,” Franks said.

According to the U.S. Parachutist Association, those qualifying for a Class D skydiving license have completed at least 500 jumps.

Franks said they believe it was an accident and that wind was a factor.

Airport director Howie Franklin was not there when the incident occurred, but he has spoken with staff who witnessed the incident. Franklin believes that Goff made a turn in the air at around 150 feet, and when he did, the chute collapsed and couldn’t get enough wind to re-open.

Franklin called it “a freak accident.”

“There have been thousands and thousands of jumps there,” he said.

Franklin also noted that prior to jumping, all skydivers must complete a safety training seminar.

He said the accident has been very upsetting for airport staff.

“It was very disturbing to everybody — especially those who witnessed it,” Franklin said. “To us, it’s just a tragedy.”

Franks didn’t know if Goff was on vacation, but he did say that his family was in the area at the time of the incident.

This article is written by Renee Spencer from Star-News, Wilmington, N.C. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to [email protected].

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