UPDATE: Parachute Problem Led to Death Of ECU Student

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a medical examiner says a parachute malfunction caused the deaths of a Salisbury skydiving instructor and his student during a weekend jump in Yadkin County.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, however, told The Salisbury Post that that agency is still examining the parachutes.

Thirty-eight-year-old James Paul Pregler and a student, 21-year-old Adam Ryan Howard of Deep Run in Lenoir County died in the jump Saturday. They were harnessed together for a tandem jump at Swan Creek Airport in Jonesville.

Dr. James McGrath of Hoots Memorial Hospital in Yadkinville said the men died on impact after their main and reserve chutes failed to open.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen investigators will determine whether the parachutes deployed or not.



PREVIOUS STORY: An East Carolina University senior was killed over the weekend in a skydiving accident in Yadkin County.

Relatives tell WITN News that Adam Howard of Deep Run and his skydiving instructor were killed when their parachutes and reserve chutes failed to open.

Howard's grandmother says it was his first time skydiving. He went on the trip with his girlfriend.

Howard and instructor James Pregler died while making a tandem jump shortly after noon Saturday at Swan Creek Airport in Jonesville with Carolina Skydiving.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate whether the plane was operated properly and whether the parachute was packed correctly.

Howard, who was 21-years-old, was a construction management major at ECU. He was a captain with the Deep Run Volunteer Fire Department, having been a member for the past 8 years.1