Skydiving instructor freefalls to death after midair collision with skydiver

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

San Diego, CA, United States (4E) – A skydiving instructor fell to his death after colliding mid-air with a skydiver in San Diego County, CA on Sunday.

The body of Jordan Janway, 27, of San Diego was found 5:15 p.m. Sunday near Otay Lakes outside of Jamul by a county sheriff’s helicopter that searched for him after he was reported missing around 4:10 p.m. by Skydive San Diego based at the John Nichol’s Field on Otay Lakes Road.

Janway was the brother-in-law of NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and brother of the latter’s sister Chandra Janway Johnson. Matt Mendes, a friend of Jimmie Johnson confirmed the death of the skydiver in a tweet to 10news.com.

Buzz Fink, owner of Skydive San Diego, which employed the victim, told reporters that Janway was practicing a maneuver called tracking when he collided with his jump partner at between 10,000 and 6,000 feet. The impact of the collision knocked Janway unconscious so he went into a freefall, failed to open his parachute and hit the ground. The other jumper was not injured and landed safely later.

Janway’s parachute was not equipped with a safety device that automatically opens it if the user is falling too fast. It was sent for routine maintenance but Janway was allowed to skydive without the device because he had logged more than 1,000 jumps, according to Fink.

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