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Two killed in Upson County skydiving accident; victims identified

Two people were killed Sunday in a skydiving accident at the Upson County airport. ******************** NOTICE: This story and photo(s) are under copyright. They may not be republished or disseminated in any form or format – including social media – without explicit permission. ********************* Details are sketchy, but witnesses reported an 18-year-old female was doing a tandem jump with an instructor from Skydive Atlanta. They exited the jump plane, suffered chute failure and fell into a corn field near the airport. The teen had been given the jump as a present and family watched from the ground as the tragedy unfolded. UPDATE: From Upson County sheriff Dan Kilgore… On Sunday July 12, 2020 at 12:45pm, deputies from the Upson Sheriff’s Office responded to a skydiving accident near the Thomaston-Upson County Airport. Deputies arrived to find two skydivers in a field on Rocky Bottom Road near the airport. The skydivers are identified as Nick Esposito, 35, of Warner Robins and Jeanna Triplicata ,18, of Newnan. Espisito, was an employee of Skydive Atlanta which operates out of the Thomaston-Upson County airport. Espisito, an experienced skydiver, was conducting a “tandem jump” in which he and Triplicata, an inexperienced skydiver, were attached to a tandem parachute rig. Upon exiting the aircraft, the primary parachute failed to open properly and went into a spin. The emergency parachute did not deploy until extremely low altitude and did not fully open. Both Espisito and Triplicata were fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene. This investigation is active and ongoing

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