SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News has learned that the man killed in Sunday morning’s parachute accident in Ellington, Connecticut was a Detective Lieutenant at the Leyden Police Department in Franklin County.
James Hansmann was 62 years old.
22News talked to Leyden Police Chief Daniel Galvis. He said Lieutenant Hansmann was a 14 year veteran of the police department. Chief Galvis described Hansmann as “outgoing and friendly and would do anything for you.” The Chief said he was always on call and available to drive from his home in West Springfield to the Police Department in Leyden.
Hansmann is survived by his four children. He had one son and three daughters. Hansmann was also engaged to be married.
Hansmann died Sunday morning around 11 a.m. after a parachuting accident at the Ellington Airport in Ellington, Connecticut.
He was critically injured when he landed hard in the parachute drop zone, despite his parachute functioning properly.
Dispatchers say Hansmann was in and out of consciousness and was taken by helicopter to Hartford Hospital where he died.
22News confirmed that Hansmann was a longtime member of Connecticut Parachutist Inc., which is a skydiving club that has been operating out of Ellington Airport for 40 years. Manager Pat Newman told 22News Hansmann jumped out of the plane alone, and there was nothing wrong with his equipment. Newman would not comment on what may have caused Hansmann to hit the ground so forcefully.
The drop zone where the parachutists land is at 75 Meadow Brook Road in Ellington.