BREAKING: Coweta teen, instructor killed in Georgia skydiving accident

Two people, including a recent high school graduate, were killed in a skydiving accident Sunday, the Upson County sheriff said. 

Deputies were called to a field on Rocky Bottom Road near the Thomaston-Upson County Airport around 12:45 p.m., Sheriff Dan Kilgore told AJC.com. There, deputies found a Skydive Atlanta employee and an 18-year-old dead from their injuries, Kilgore said. 

Nick Esposito, 35, of Warner Robins, and Jeanna Triplicata, 18, of Newnan, both died in the accident, the sheriff said. Esposito, an experienced skydiver, was conducting a tandem jump with Triplicata and the two were attached to a parachute rig, according to Kilgore. 

“Upon exiting the aircraft, the primary parachute failed to open properly and went into a spin,” he said in an emailed statement. “The emergency parachute did not deploy until extremely low altitude and did not fully open.”

Triplicata was a recent graduate of Northgate High School and planned to study education at the University of North Georgia in the fall, according to a GoFundMe page created to assist the family. 

“While there is nothing that we can do to bring back this sweet soul nor replace her spirit, we are all speechless and looking for a way to support the Triplicata family,” the fundraiser organizer posted. 

The incident remains under investigation, Kilgore said. 

— Please return to AJC.com for updates.

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