Georgia teen on first skydive, instructor both killed when their parachutes fail to open

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Photo of Jeanna Triplicata courtesy of Triplicata family/GoFundMe

CHICAGO (News Nation) — A skydiving accident in Upson County, Georgia left a recent high school graduate and her veteran instructor dead, according to local authorities.

The bodies of Jeanna Triplicata, 18, and her 35-year-old instructor Nick Esposito were found Sunday in a field on Rocky Bottom Road, according to Upson County Sheriff’s officials.

Officials said Esposito was an experienced skydiver and was conducting the jump in tandem with Triplicata.

After exiting the aircraft, the primary parachute failed to open properly and went into a spin. The emergency parachute did not deploy until low altitude and did not fully open, Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore told The Griffin Daily News.

Triplicata’s mother was there and witnessed the jump, she said in a Facebook post.

“Since Jeanna turned 18 she had been wanting to skydive, Grandma decided she wanted to go with her and they booked a jump for today. They jumped and mom’s landing was perfect, she had a blast but Jeanna’s didn’t come down where she was supposed to and where we could see her.”

A GoFundMe has been set up for the Triplicata family.

“Jeanna was a fearless, loving, and beautiful daughter who had recently graduated from Northgate High School and was about to begin her college life at the University of North Georgia specializing in education,” said the posting.

As of Friday afternoon, more than $36,000 had been raised for the family.

Authorities said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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