Paul Haaf Jr. of died on April 7, 2019, in a skydiving accident. He was 54 years old.
At 5:20 pm ET, Haaf, from Monroe Township was found unresponsive.
People described Haaf as an experienced and seasoned skydiver who had over 1,200 jumps. He regularly visited Williamstown’s Skydive Cross Keys, and at 5:06 pm ET, leaped from one of the planes which belonged to the company.
Gerald Feigin from the Gloucester County Medical Examiner said after examination Haaf died from numerous injuries, and his death was not suspicious and was considered an accident.
A spokesperson from Cross Keys Skydiving reported that Haaf’s parachuted did deploy after he jumped from the plane.
Police continue to search for the skydiver’s main parachute. Haaf’s reserve parachute remained attached to his body, and it was discovered over a mile from the airport.
Eyewitness’ in the Brookdale development were horrified and shocked and immediately dialed 911 for help.
Rosemary Ilgenfritz said that she heard a loud thud, and initially thought there was a car accident and somebody was hit. She then saw something white lying there.
Kayla Maure said that it was very traumatizing. She did not see the accident as it happened. However, she did see Haaf’s lifeless body, and it was very traumatizing.
Neighbors reported they saw another skydiver the same time the accident happened. It is thought more than one person took a jump from the plane.
Many skydivers jump from Cross Keys airports, and it is a couple of miles away. People who know Crosskeys skydivers said it appeared Haaf veered off the jump course.
The accident is being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office of Gloucester County.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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