PD: Man, 76, dies while skydiving

Brooks Field. (July 6, 2014)

MARSHALL, Mich. (WOOD) — A 76-year-old Indiana man died while skydiving in Calhoun County Sunday.

The area where authorities were called to a fatal skydiving accident. (July 6, 2014)
(The area where authorities were called to a fatal skydiving accident. July 6, 2014)

Around 11 a.m., police officers were called to the area of Pratt Avenue and Wooley Drive, about a quarter-mile from Brooks Field Airport in Marshall.

When officers arrived, the victim was already dead, according to the Marshall Police Department.

He was identified as 76-year-old George Speakman of Angola, Ind.

The details surrounding and the cause of the death are not yet known.

Workers at the airport said the company involved is Skydive Michigan. People at the office of the company declined to comment Sunday.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said the agency will investigate whether the plane or pilot played a role in the death, though that did not immediately appear to be the case.

Marshall police say they and the Calhoun County Medical Examiner continue to investigate.



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