YORKVILLE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) Two skydiving accidents in southeast Wisconsin killed a man and injured two others.
A skydiver killed in an accident in Racine County was publicly identified Monday as 44-year-old Fredrick Platt Jr. of Racine. Sheriff's deputies said his parachute got tied up with the canopy of another skydiver, 27-year-old Neil Kulman.
Platt fell rapidly to the ground and died. Kulman landed in a group of trees, and he received minor injuries.
The accident occurred Sunday afternoon at the Sylvania Airport in the Racine County town of Yorkville. Authorities are still trying to figure out why it happened.
The second mishap occurred late yesterday morning at Fort Atkinson's airport in Jefferson County. Officials said an experienced female skydiver in her mid-30's missed her target -- and she taken to U-W Hospital in Madison as a precaution. Jefferson Fire Chief Ron Wegner tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that she apparently pulled up late with her parachute and landed in a cornfield. He said the woman was "alert and joking" when talking to rescuers, and she's expected to survive.