17 July, 2017
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Capotorto Vitantonio jumped on Tuesday after sending his wife a cryptic cellphone video saying, he was "not going to pull the cord and that he was going somewhere wonderful".
Employees at the Skydive Deland said Vitantonio seemed "normal" before he boarded the plane.
Vitantonio was an experienced skydiver who made over 600 jumps.
Capotorto, an Italian national, was found dead about 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, face down in a field southeast of the runways at the airport.
Moments before, she received a video form her husband and in it he told her he was not going to pull the cord to open his parachute and that "he was going somewhere wonderful", according to a police report.
A chaplain was called to the scene to let Litellini know that Vitantonio had died.
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Skydive DeLand manager Mike Johnton told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Mr Capotorto's wife arrived "moments too late" to stop the jump.
"We express our deepest sympathy for his family and his friends", Skydive Deland said in a statement.
"We can confirm the man was found wearing parachute equipment and it appeared to be partially deployed", Graham said. His Facebook page is full of photos of him in the air with a GoPro camera strapped to his head.
The United States Parachute Association, of which Skydive Deland is a member, reported 21 fatalities related to skydiving in 2016 out of 3.2 million estimated jumps by its members.
The couple both worked at United Parachute Technologies, a company that makes containers for parachutes.
The United States Parachute Association recorded 3.2 million parachute jumps a year ago, 16 of which were fatal.