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Skydiver dies at Franklin airport

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A skydiver died in Franklin over the weekend after attempting a midair maneuver before landing.

Donald Wayne Hauck, 50, Greenfield, was pronounced dead after landing hard on the ground of the Franklin Flying Field, located south of Franklin off Airport Road. Witnesses and paramedics tried but were unable to save Hauck’s life, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office news release said.


Hauck was skydiving about 12:30 p.m. Sunday with his son. Hauck was an experienced skydiver, who had made more than 100 jumps, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

Witnesses told investigators that Hauck’s parachute did deploy, the news release said.

When Hauck was about 100 feet above the ground he tried to perform a maneuver. But the maneuver caused his parachute to stop working properly, the news release said.

Cox didn’t have information on what Hauck tried to do before he landed.

Hauck hit the ground hard. A group of witnesses quickly found him and started performing CPR until emergency workers arrived at the scene, the news release said.

A medical helicopter was called to the scene. Emergency workers continued to try to revive Hauck for an extended period of time before he was pronounced dead, the news release said. The coroner and Hauck’s family members were at the scene, the release said.

The Franklin Flying Field, located about 5 miles south of downtown Franklin, offers flight instruction, aircraft rental and maintenance and skydiving.

Skydivers have been using the Franklin Flying Field, located at 3477 S. County Road 200E, since 1969. The flying field’s skydiving school, owned by Richard Money, offers parachute jumping opportunities for first-timers, tandem parachuting where people can jump with an instructor and free falling for experienced jumpers. The skydiving school has three aircraft, its own hangar, a classroom and repacking facilities Money was not available Sunday afternoon.

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