Officials ID Skydiver Who Died in NJ

Jumper was an experienced skydiver with a history of fainting spells, prosecutors say

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    A man is dead after falling from the skies at a popular South Jersey Skydiving School on Wednesday.This is not the first time someone has died there. (Published Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012)

    A Pennsylvania man, a veteran of thousands of jumps, died Wednesday after he never deployed his chute during a jump over Gloucester County.

    Gloucester County Prosecutors identified the jumper as certified skydiver Donald Lawrence Morozin, 62, of Bala Cynwyd Pa. Morozin died last Wednesday after jumping at Freefall Adventures, a skydiving operation located at the Cross Keys Airport in Williamstown, N.J.

    A representative from Freefall told NBC10 the victim is a licensed skydiver, not affiliated with Freefall's school.

    Prosecutors say Morozin, who had jumped more than 3,500 times before, had hypertension and other medical problems that sometimes caused him to pass out. His death from multiple traumatic injuries was ruled accidental.

    Officials say they discovered the Morozin's body around 5 p.m. in a field near Downer Road in Pitman, N.J. The Federal Aviation Association says the chute was packed properly and operational but neither the primary or emergency cords were pulled, according to prosecutors.

    Wednesday's incident is not the first deadly that happened at Freefall. In March of 2011, C. Scott Shields, a mayor in Delaware County, died during a jump after his main parachute failed to open. Also in 2011, two men were hospitalized after a skydiving accident. In 2006, a veteran instructor and a beginning skydiver at Freefall died after their parachute reportedly only opened partially in a tandem jump.

     


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