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Skydive City: Skydivers in failed attempt had experience

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Pasco detectives are reviewing video from a skydiver's camera who plummeted to his death over the weekend.

Investigators said a skydiving instructor, Orvar Arnarson, and a student, Andrimar Pordarson, were killed when neither of their main parachutes opened during a jump at Skydive City.

A spokesperson with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said the medical examiner determined the victims died from head injuries.

They are looking into whether the two might have injured their heads before hitting the ground.

We're told the reserve parachutes for the two men, both from Iceland, deployed, but not in time to save them.

"It certainly is regrettable," said Pip Redvers, a private skydiving instructor who has made roughly 21,000 jumps. "I didn't personally know the people, I think I talked to them a couple of times, but it's sad and there's a lot of sad people around."

Redvers said he's witnessed five skydiving-related deaths during the last three decades and can recall more than 40 others. But the circumstances surrounding this incident, specifically that two people died in the exact same way, are rare.

"That's extremely unusual," he said. "I've seen a lot of stuff in my time, and I've never actually been around or seen that happening."

Redvers said reserve chutes are programmed to deploy at 750 feet, typically high enough to save a skydiver's life; he's unsure what went wrong in this case.

Skydivers at Skydive City said they hope the deaths are putting a renewed focus on safety.

"I don't think there are words to explain how sad it is," said Claire Simpson, a skydiver from England. "We will all work together and we will always make sure that safety is number one."

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