Man from Mass. dies in parachuting accident in Ellington

ELLINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A man from Massachusetts has died after a parachuting accident in Ellington on Sunday morning.

Lifestar responded to reports of a parachuter who experienced a hard landing in Ellington.

According to Tolland County Dispatch, Ellington Fire and Ellington Ambulance were also at the scene of the parachute drop zone of Ellington Airport where the parachutist had a hard landing. Officials identified the parachuter as 62-year-old James Hansmann of Springfield, Massachusetts. He sustained serious injuries in the incident.

Dispatchers say Hansmann had lost consciousness, but became semi responsive. He was treated on the scene by emergency personnel.

LifeStar took the him to Hartford Hospital, where he passed away due to his injuries.

Police say the parachute was functioning properly and there is no criminal aspect to the incident.

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