A man who received the phone for Skydive DeLand declined to give any details about Vitantonio deaths, but offered the following statement: "We express our deepest sympathy for his family and his friends". But it was all too late as the suicidal parachuter had just jumped moments before. But by the time her plea reached his plane, Vitantonio had already leapt.
Vitantonio Capotorto sent a video to his wife explaining his intentions, and saying he was "going somewhere wonderful".
She ran into the skydiving center begging the employees to radio the plane to stop her husband.
The death is being investigated by the DeLand Police Department and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Officials began to search for Vitantonio from the sky and the ground.
A chaplain was called to the scene to let Costansa know that Capotorto had died. As the Washington Post shared, authorities initially thought the incident was a skydiving accident. This is reportedly the fifth fatality at Skydive DeLand in the past four years.
Both Vitantonio and Zitellini were employees of United Parachute Technologies, which is also based in DeLand. His social media profiles show numerous photos of him in the air, sometimes with a GoPro-style camera strapped to his head. Last year, 3.2 million people jumped out of planes with parachutes on their backs, according to the United States Parachute Association.