But Capotorto had already left the aircraft, Richards said.
A heartbreaking story out of Florida today: veteran skydiver Capotorto Vitantonio reportedly told his wife that he wasn't going to pull his parachute cord before his jump, and he was later found in field near skydiving center Skydive DeLand.
Capotorto's body was found in an open field near DeLand Municipal Airport, police said.
The employee radioed up to the plane, but it was too late.
Vitantonio Capotorto sent a video to his wife saying he was "going somewhere wonderful" before he jumped from a Skydive DeLand airplane 13,500 feet above the city.
In the police statement, Richards told police that before the flight, Capotorto "had seemed normal", the Orlando Sentinel reported.More news: Kingdom Hearts 3 Out In 2018, Includes Toy Story And More
A chaplain was called to the scene to let Litellini know that Vitantonio had died.
Capotorto was an avid skydiver with more than 600 jumps.
A spokesman for Skydive DeLand told the Washington Post that they offer their deepest sympathy to Vitantonio's family and friends. The spokesman pointed out that he had paid for his Tuesday jump from the plane.
He and Litellini also worked together at United Parachute Technologies, a company that makes containers for parachutes.
The United States Parachute Association, of which Skydive Deland is a member, reported 21 fatalities related to skydiving in 2016 out of 3.2 million estimated jumps by its members. His Facebook page is full of photos of him in the air with a GoPro camera strapped to his head.
In 2016, United States Parachute Association recorded 21 fatal skydiving accidents in the US out of roughly 3.2 million jumps.