Skydiver Found Dead on Runway

Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM PDT
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Skydiver Found Dead on Runway

Taken on final approach to Palomar Airport...unique moment as the sunset was lined up right down the centerline of runway 24. from my Beech Skipper. and...rainbow over Montgomery Field, in Sept. of 2007. -- duff max Normal duff max 1 1 2005-09-21T18:45:00Z 2005-09-21T18:46:00Z 1 vbd 1 1 10.1316 0 0   Duffy Fainer in San Diego, California, USA Ph: 858-673-9848 Business:  http://www.voicebyduffy.com Skydiving http://www.voicebyduffy.com/skydive.htm  

An autopsy is planned today on the body of a skydiver from Martinez after authorities found the man dead near a Contra Costa County airport runway.

Aircraft from the California Highway Patrol and Byron-based Bay Area Skydiving discovered the body of 55-year-old Robert Whitsitt on Monday near a runway at Byron Airport, about a half-mile from the drop zone.

Whitsitt's family had reported him missing Monday after he failed to return home from a skydiving outing Sunday afternoon.Bay Area Skydiving instructor Gareth Holder said Whitsitt "failed to deploy either one of his parachutes," but it wasn't immediately clear why.

No foul play was suspected.Holder called Whitsitt "an experienced local jumper and parachutist," and said it had been his second jump of the day.

--KCRA.COM.

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