Skydiver falls to his death after mid-air collision in Chester County, SC

Bond Springer of Boca Raton, Fla., posted this picture to his Facebook page on May 7.
Bond Springer of Boca Raton, Fla., posted this picture to his Facebook page on May 7.

A skydiver fell about 14,000 feet to his death after colliding in the air with a second diver Saturday evening in Chester County, S.C.

Searchers found the body of Bond Springer, 32, of Boca Raton, Fla., just before 9 a.m. Sunday in a wooded area near Skydive Carolina, on King Air Drive, near Chester Municipal Airport.

“Our community is saddened by the loss of a community member and choose to take this time to remember him quietly,” a Skydive Carolina spokesman wrote in an email in response to a request for an interview.

Springer and a second diver jumped from a plane in wing suits during the annual CarolinaFest skydiving festival, according to a report from the Chester County Sheriff’s Office. Both were experienced skydivers, according to a statement from Skydive Carolina.

The second skydiver, Avalon Wolf, released his main parachute after the collision, Skydive Carolina’s report said. Wolf suffered a severe broken leg when he landed, according to the reports.

A wingsuit is a jumpsuit with sections of fabric or inflatables added under the arms and between the legs. The extra surface area may provide extra lift and slow the rate of falling.

The reports did not say whether Springer had tried to release his parachute, but equipment malfunction is not suspected as a cause for Springer’s death, according to Skydive Carolina. Neither drugs nor alcohol was listed as a contributing factor.

CarolinaFest is hosted by Skydive Carolina, which was established in 1986. The event attracts skydivers from around the world, according to the report from Skydive Carolina. This year’s event began May 31 and was scheduled to conclude Sunday at 7 p.m.