Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Skydiver Told Wife He Wasn't Going to Pull Cord

Skydiver Told Wife He Wasn't Going to Pull Cord

Her warning - a desperate plea to save her husband's life - came seconds too late.

An incident report released Friday by the DeLand Police Department says Capotorto Vitantonio's wife ran into Sky Dive DeLand Tuesday after receiving the video and begged an employee to stop her husband.

Richards contacted the plane, but got word that the man had already jumped.

Zittellini raced into the hanger in an attempt to stop her husband but the plane had already taken off.

Vitantonio had told her he was "not going to pull the cord and that he was going somewhere wonderful", according to a DeLand Police report.

Zitellini said she received a video message from Vitantonio telling her that he was "not going to pull the cord and that he was going somewhere wonderful".

In the police statement, Richards told police that before the flight, Capotorto "had seemed normal", the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Vitantonio and his wife lived in DeLand.

Vitantonio's was employer was United Parachute Technologies, which is also based in DeLand, according to Time.

Vitantonio was an experienced skydiver who made over 600 jumps.

Employees immediately called the police who began a search for Vitantonio both on the ground and from the sky and eventually found the skydiver lying face down and dead in an open field close to the runway. His Facebook page is full of photos of him in the air with a GoPro camera strapped to his head. It was the fifth death in four years at Skydive DeLand.

According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Skydive DeLand had 10 skydiving fatalities between 2005 and April 2015.

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