Skydiver texts wife telling her he won't pull parachute cord before jumping

Skydiver texts wife telling her he won't pull parachute cord before jumping

Skydiver texts wife telling her he won't pull parachute cord before jumping

His wife arrived sometime after takeoff telling Skydive DeLand employees not to let her husband jump.

An experienced skydiver told his wife in a video message that he would not be deploying his parachute, but she was too late to save him, according to reports.

A heartbreaking story out of Florida today: veteran skydiver Capotorto Vitantonio reportedly told his wife that he wasn't going to pull his parachute cord before his jump, and he was later found in field near skydiving center Skydive DeLand.

According to WKMG, officials say Vitantonio sent a "disturbing" video to Litellini before his jump. But it was all too late as the suicidal parachuter had just jumped moments before.

He was 27 years old.

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Employees at the Skydive Deland said Vitantonio seemed "normal" before he boarded the plane.

Jumping from a plane Tuesday morning about 10am, dispatchers on the ground desperately tried reaching crew, urging them to stop Vitantonio.

City of DeLand spokesman Chris Graham said DeLand police could not recall any prior investigations involving a suicide by a sky diver.

Vitanonio, an Italian national, and his wife worked for United Parachute Technologies, a parachute maker, in DeLand. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Costanza Zitellini rushed to Skydive DeLand after receiving the video.

'We give our customers a safe ride to altitude and we transport them using aircraft that has been considered the best maintained in the industry, ' Mike Johnston, a general manager at the facility told the paper.

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