Skydiver found dead after crash-landing in homeowner’s yard

TITUSVILLE, FL – A chilling discovery was made on Saturday when a homeowner found a skydiver’s body on their front lawn, a short distance from a municipal airport. The identity of the deceased skydiver remains undisclosed. The individual was found in full parachuting gear, leading the Titusville Police to classify the incident as a “solo parachuting” accident.

The Titusville Police and Fire Department were alerted to the incident around 12:25 p.m. They were directed to a residence on Merry Lane, where the body, still dressed in parachuting gear, was found. It is currently unknown whether the parachute was deployed correctly during the descent.

Despite the arrival of a medical helicopter, the parachutist could not be revived and was declared dead at the scene. The helicopter was subsequently dismissed. Details regarding the flight arrangements or the company overseeing the skydiving trip have not been released by the police.

The body has been transferred to the Brevard medical examiner’s office for further examination. Skydiving remains a popular hobby in Brevard and across the nation, with flight centers in Titusville, Melbourne Beach, and Sebastian. The United States Parachute Association reported 20 skydiving-related deaths nationwide in 2022.

In 2020, Titusville was the scene of another skydiving incident when two parachutists were critically injured after colliding with a tree. The men spiraled uncontrollably in mid-air before crashing into an oak tree in a residential yard. The Arthur Dunn Airport, less than a mile from Saturday’s fatal landing site, is a frequent launch point for skydivers.