Man injured in skydiving accident

NORMAL — The Normal Police Department is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to determine what caused a skydiver to fall to a parking lot in north Normal on Friday.

The man, with the Illinois Valley Parachute Club in Minier, was scheduled to land on the Normal CornBelters’ baseball field, carrying an American flag as part of opening ceremonies to honor the military.

Instead, he landed on a parking lot east of the field. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and later transferred to a Peoria hospital.

His condition was not available Saturday. Normal Police Sgt. Michael Chiesi said the department had no other information to share publicly.

A Pantagraph employee who was at the game said a man was on the ballfield waving a ribbon, apparently to signal to the skydiver where to land, but the skydiver drifted east in a strong wind and disappeared from view.

Police earlier said the incident was reported at 7:10 p.m. in a parking lot on Traders Circle, which is east of the Corn Crib stadium. 

Steve Malliet, president of the CornBelters, did not return a call seeking comment. A man who answered the parachute club phone declined comment.

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