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St. Tammany Parish Coroner identifies victim killed during fatal accident

Slidell Airport (Source: Fox 8) Slidell Airport (Source: Fox 8)

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner has identified the skydiving instructor who died as Benjamin Leroy Crowell, 58.

According to the STPSO, Leroy and a trainee were performing a tandem jump when for unknown reasons the instructor loss consciousness shortly after jumping out of the plane.

During the dive, the main parachute did not open resulting in the reserve parachute to open. It is unknown if the reserve parachute opened properly.

The instructor and trainee landed on the Royal Golf Course in Slidell. According to witnesses who saw the instructor and trainee land say both of the skydivers hit the ground very hard.

Leroy was pronounced dead at the scene. The trainee was airlifted to a New Orleans hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the incident which remains under investigation.

STPSO says they will release more information as it becomes available.

“We still aren’t one-hundred percent sure exactly what happened, but so far, it appears to be a tragic accident,” says St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith. “Our prayers go out to the families affected by this incident.”

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