Man in skydiving accident over Mokuleia

Published On: Jul 26 2013 08:16:19 AM HST
Updated On: Jul 26 2013 03:22:37 PM HST

HONOLULU -

A Honolulu skydiver who lost consciousness during a jump from a plane has died.

The medical examiner's office identifies him as 30-year-old Martin Monahan.  The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Monahan was a captain in the U.S. Army based at Schofield Barracks.  He had three combat tours to Afghanistan and was awarded two Bronze Star medals.  Monahan was born in Pennsylvania and lived in Stuart, Fla.  He leaves behind one child.

Witnesses say Monahan may have been unconscious during the entire skydive on Tuesday.  An employee at Skydive Hawaii says he was doing a low-altitude jump in the morning from about 5,000 feet above Dillingham Airfield.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it reviewed a video showing Monahan struck the aircraft's horizontal stabilizer while exiting.

An automated safety device sensed the fall and triggered his parachute to open.

Monahan landed in a newly-plowed field about 300 yards from the runway. Witnesses say he landed on his legs on the soft dirt. He was a student at Skydive Hawaii and he was attempting his 23rd jump to get a license.

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