Auburn University Student Killed In Skydiving Incident

An Auburn University student Sawyer Stephen Campbell was killed as his parachute failed to open properly while skydiving from 10,000 feet over east Alabama on Sunday, September 9 according to the officials. According to Tuskegee Police Chief Marquez James, the 21-year-old Campbell had problems opening his parachute during his second jump of the day at the Tuskegee Municipal Airport on Sunday afternoon. Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:01 p.m., according to Macon County Coroner Hal Bentley.

What Happened?

Chief James says that the incident happened at the Tuskegee Municipal Airfield when Police and Fire Medics responded after receiving a call at around 12:45 p.m. At the time of the jump, Campbell’s elevation was 10,000 feet. Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified, and the accident is being treated as a death investigation until all facts and information pertaining to the incident have been reviewed.

“Something happened with his main shoot when he was trying to get it open,” Bentley said. “Apparently it malfunctioned and did not open properly.”

Who is Sawyer Stephen Campbell?

WSFA 12 News quotes relatives as saying Campbell was a 21-year-old junior at Auburn University. He graduated from Huntsville High school and was an avid scuba diver and skydiver. According to Daily Mail, a close friend of Campbell from Huntsville High, Haden Wilkinson, posted a message on his Facebook page on Monday, September 10 mourning the loss, “[He was the] [m]ost loyal, caring, and loving man I’ve ever met. You brought out the fun side of me every time I was with you and got me into more trouble than I would have ever wanted. Without you, I can genuinely say, growing up wouldn’t have been a memorable experience.”

“He wouldn’t want to go any other way,” Wilkinson wrote. “Skydiving brought him life, happiness, and peace. He lived more in 21 years than 99% of people do in a lifetime. I can’t name one person who skydives, scuba dives, flies on motorcycles, has base jumped and can lift as much as a competitive powerlifter.”

WSFA 12 News states that Campbell is survived by his parents, Rhonda, and Michael and his sister Taylor. His funeral will take place in Huntsville later this week.

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