Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Skydiver killed on Easter holiday after his parachute doesn't open

See also

For many families, Easter was all about spending time with family and watching children look for hidden Easter eggs. Unfortunately, Easter ended in disaster for the family of Arkady Shenker, 49, of N.Y. While skydiving with other skydivers from the Freefall Adventures Skydiving School, Shenker’s parachute failed to open.

During the skydive, members of the Dye family of Washington Township, New Jersey celebrated Easter with their annual egg hunt. Dye family members and other witnesses said Shenker was coming down quickly and spiraling before he hit the ground. After landing in a nearby yard, neighbors rushed to the scene to give aid to Shenker. He was unconscious but still alive. Shenker died after being transported to Kennedy Hospital.

Authorities didn’t identify what caused the parachute to fail. The NJ.com website says Shenker wore a specialized suit that allows a skydiver to move forward while descending. Shenker was also an experienced skydiver with more than 300 jumps. Shenker and 15 other skydivers jumped from a plane operated by the skydiving school.

The NBC10.com website, a Philadelphia affiliate, reports that Shenker is the fifth Freefall Adventure skydiver to die in the past eight years. In 2005, two skydivers from the school died after they collided in midair and became tangled. The latest death had occurred on March 25, 2011. C. Scott Shields, the mayor of a small Pennsylvania town died after his parachute didn’t open.

The company website says they have been in business for more than two decades, and skydives are made from 13,500 feet. The site also mentions they are members of the United States parachute association. The skydiving school didn’t provide any comments to the media.

Both the Washington Township Police Department and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office will conduct the investigation. Additionally, the FAA will also investigate.

Advertisement

News

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
    The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown welcomes six new inductees
    Video
    Video
  • 2012 do-over
    If we were to re-do the 2012 election, a new poll suggests Romney would win
    Politics
  • Boko Haram
    Boko Haram kidnaps the wife of the vice prime minister of Cameroon
    World News
  • Ceasefire breaks
    Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu claims Hamas broke another brief ceasefire
    Gaza
  • Close call with CME
    Scientists tell how Earth survived a giant solar flare back in 2012
    Space
  • Comic-Con
    What's going on at Comic-Con? Get all the latest updates here
    Comic-Con

Related Videos:

  • China river turns blood red: Natural phenomenon, biblical plague, or act of men?
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518342493" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518342493&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Second crater found at 'End of the World': First giant hole still a mystery
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518328612" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518328612&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Disgruntled Browns fan urinates on the late Art Modell's gravesite
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QfEcSTtiYV0?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>