Saturday, April 18, 2015

Injured skydivers expected to survive

Two men injured in a tandem skydiving accident in Perkasie on Tuesday are expected to survive.

Injured skydivers expected to survive

Two men injured in a tandem skydiving accident in Perkasie on Tuesday are expected to survive.

Skydiving instructor Robert Mandic, 41, of Hilltown, Bucks County, suffered broken ankles, broken ribs and a collapsed lung, among other injuries, his mother Katherine Mandic said.   

“His spirits are good,” she told The Inquirer by phone on Wednesday. “His main concern was his passenger.”

Katherine Mandic said both men were awake and alert after their parachute malfunctioned and they fell into the field of an elementary school. Perkasie police declined to comment on their conditions.

Novice skydiver Oshunbunmi Samuel, 37, of Philadelphia, was listed in stable condition at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center Cedar Crest, The Intelligencer newspaper reported Tuesday evening. A hospital official said it had no one by that name on Wednesday afternoon.   

 The two men jumped from a plane operated by Skydive Philadelphia, which operates out of the Pennridge airport, before their parachute malfunctioned, said a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA said Skydive Philadelphia has no history of violations.

Aaron Teel, the drop zone manager for the company, declined to comment.  

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