Terrifying moment tandem skydivers are critically injured in Florida after their parachute malfunctioned and they plunged into a tree
- Two men plunged to the ground on Wednesday after their parachute failed
- They were doing a tandem jump from a plane that took off from Dunn Airpark
- Video shows them falling and spectators reacting in shock
- They were in a trauma center in critical condition, on Wednesday evening
This is the terrifying moment two skydivers are seen barreling toward the ground after their parachutes malfunctioned.
Footage from the incident in Titusville, Florida this morning shows the men spiraling off course before they hit the ground on the 900 block of Tennessee Street.
In a video recorded by nearby witnesses, shocked onlookers are heard saying in disbelief, ‘oh my god’ and ‘they’re going down’.
Footage from a nearby witness shows the tandem jumpers falling from the sky on Wednesday
Pictured in the scene on Tennessee Street Wednesday morning after they fell outside a home
Images show their blue parachutes tangle in a large tree branch that appeared to break off from a tree and thud on the ground with them.
Brevard County Fire Rescue responded to the crash-landing scene, which was in someone’s front yard, at approximately 10.28am.
The duo were assessed and declared trauma alerts, Titusville Fire Department said Wednesday.
Orlando Health Air Care 3 and Health First Trauma Center and First Flight Air Medical Transport arrived to airlift them to hospital.
A Health First helicopter was pictured working in the area which was covered in medical gear.
Titusville Fire Rescue praised the ‘great team work’ from the departments to get both patients out of the harness, packaged and treated while awaiting air transport.
An image released by a fire department shows where the hefty branch broke off a tree
Two men were assessed at the scene (pictured) after 10.30am and were declared trauma alerts
They were in a trauma center in critical condition, on Wednesday evening.
According to the Titusville Police Department the two victims, were part of a tandem jump from a plane that originated at Dunn Airpark.
Law enforcement said Wednesday evening it is still investigating the incident.
The names of the victims were not released.
Authorities did not state whether the victims were jumping with a skydiving company but Skydive Space Center operates from Dunn Airpark.
On the company website they state that tandem skydiving is the safest option for a first-time skydiver. After a safety briefing the jumper is taken to a plane, harnessed to their instructor and then they free-fall for a minute from 18,000 feet up – one of the world’s highest jumps.
When the instructor opens the parachute the sail down is supposed to last 4-6 minutes.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Skydive Space Center.
Rescuers at the scene were praised for their work untangling the men from the parachutes
A Health First helicopter was pictured on the scene in Titusville after the horrific accident
The pair were airlifted to a trauma center and are in critical condition, police said Wednesday