Skydiving company reopens days after plane crash

LULING, Texas (KXAN) – Just days after a skydiving plane crashed in Luling, people are jumping out once again. The company reopened Friday morning and dozens of people loaded up to take the leap.  

By the amount of business, it’s almost hard to tell one of the company’s planes crashed to the ground just a few days ago. “The last couple of days have been hectic, I’m not going to lie, it’s been a whirlwind, the first time I’ve experienced this,” said Skydive Lone Star owner Joe Johnson.  

Johnson says everyone on the crashed plane was a staff member and are all doing fine, some have even returned to work. The pilot, he says, was commercially rated.  

“He was a good pilot, my lead pilot trained him in, he had a lot of hours in that airplane previous to this. I would have never imagined anything like this would have happened,” said Johnson.  

The FAA is still investigating what caused the crash. Johnson says the plane was well maintained and recently had an inspection. “Even though everything was in order on our part, still something happened,” he said. “Everything from a maintenance standpoint and a paperwork standpoint is in order, so they’ve closed that portion of the investigation.” 

He says an extreme sport like skydiving comes with risk and a crash like this is rare. “It’s safer than driving to work every day,” said Johnson. 

For those who’ve always wanted to skydive, they say a crash like this isn’t going to stop them anyway.  

“It’s always been on my bucket list, I just recently decided to do it and it seemed like a good point in my life to do it,” said skydiver Rachel Watts.  

“Accidents happen, if I was concerned about that, then I wouldn’t drive,” said skydiver German Rodriguez.  

The owner says the plane that crashed rarely took tourists up to jump, it was primarily used for experts and those who are staff members. 

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