Dunkeswell Airfield parachute accident victim named

PUBLISHED: 12:56 04 August 2015


The 61-year-old died after he landed on the airfield on Friday (July 31).

A parachutist from South Wales has died in an accident at Dunkeswell Airfield.

The 61-year-old man, from Pontyclun, died after he landed at the airfield near Honiton last Friday (July 31), at 2.40pm.

Police and ambulance officers attended the scene, where the man was pronounced dead.

A police spokesman said the incident is being treated as non-suspicious death.

The man has been named as Somerset teacher Chris Jones.

Mr Jones was the head of chemistry at Wellington School, an independent day and boarding school for pupils aged three to 18.

A Dunkeswell Airfield spokesman said: “The BPA [British Parachute Association] board of inquiry will investigate the accident and, when completed, will submit reports to the coroner, the police, the CAA [Civil Aviation Authority], the BPA and any other relevant authorities.

“The report will include the board’s conclusion and, if appropriate, make any recommendations.”

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