A Glenarm man reportedly making his first parachute jump died Friday afternoon in a skydiving accident near Taylorville Municipal Airport.

A Glenarm man reportedly making his first parachute jump died Friday afternoon in a skydiving accident near Taylorville Municipal Airport.

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans later Friday identified the victim as Tony David Vieira, 54.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated, and more information will be made available as interviews, photos and measurements are completed, Winans said.

Christian County and Taylorville authorities are investigating the death along with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Authorities were called about 3:25 p.m. Vieira, who authorities said earlier was making his first parachute jump, was pronounced dead at 3:44 p.m. An autopsy will be conducted today at Memorial Medical Center, Winans said.

According to State Journal-Register records, two other skydivers have died in accidents since 1997 at the Taylorville airport, which is the headquarters for the Mid America Sport Parachute Club. However, both those jumpers were experienced parachutists.

Bill Jensen, 38, of Springfield was killed on Oct. 24, 2004, after his chute deployed prematurely and became tangled in the plane’s rudder and wing. Four other jumpers and the pilot of the plane parachuted safely to earth before the plane crashed, but Jensen apparently was unable to get free of the plane.

Jensen was on his 80th jump.

Michael Ayers, 42, of rural Taylorville, the president of the parachute club, was killed on Sept. 28, 1997. He had been training another jumper in free-fall maneuvers. Both deployed their chutes between 2,000 and 3,000 feet in the air, but authorities said something went wrong with Ayers’ chute about 60 feet off the ground.

Ayers had made about 3,800 skydives, a friend estimated at the time.

Springfield State Journal-Register