Parachutes fail while skydiving; teenage girl, experienced instructor fall to death

An 18-year-old and an experienced instructor died when something went wrong while they skydiving. The horrific tragedy occurred in Thomaston, Georgia.

Jeanna Triplicata, 18, was watched by her siblings and parents from the ground when her parachute was spinning in the air.

The teenager from Newnan and instructor Nick Esposito, 35, of Warner Robins, died at the scene.

“We were all so looking forward to after she landed and to talk to her and hear her story,” her father, Joey Triplicata said.

“I feel like we were robbed of that and now we’re robbed of the rest of her life. It’s so painful.”

“Upon exiting the aircraft, the primary parachute failed to open properly and went into a spin,”Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore said in a statement.

The emergency parachute deployed at a very low altitude but it never fully opened, he added.

The sheriff said Esposito was an experienced skydiver and an employee of Skydive Atlanta, based at the Thomaston-Upson County Airport, about 60 miles south of Atlanta.

Skydiving tragedies aren’t rare. In 2019, there were 15 fatal skydiving accidents in the United States out of about 3.3 million jumps.