Authorities in Maine have found the body of a skydiving instructor who became separated from his student during a tandem jump.
The body of 41-year-old Brett Bickford of Rochester, New Hampshire, was recovered by ground searchers about 750 feet southwest of the Lebanon Airport runway at about 5:30 p.m. Authorities said Bickford's body while located in one of the last grid searches for the day.
Bickford and his student participated in a jump around 2 p.m. Thursday near Skydive New England in Lebanon. The student called police after he landed safely and couldn't find his instructor.
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Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says investigators determined the instructor and student became separated about a mile above the ground. McCausland said the instructor didn't have a backup parachute.
Both people use the same parachute in a tandem jump. Police aren't sure how the skydivers became separated.
Authorities called off the search around 9 p.m. Thursday and resumed on Friday morning.
An investigation into what caused the fatal incident is ongoing.