A New York City correction officer was killed and his skydiving instructor was critically injured during a tandem jump on Wednesday on Long Island, according to Riverhead police.
25 year old Gary Messina was killed while landing at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. His instructor was flown to Stony Brook University Medical Center in critical condition, the police said.
The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but according to the New York Times, initial reports are that a whirlwind of dust at about 75 feet above the ground caused the parachute to malfunction.
Messina would have celebrated his 26th birthday today.