Massachusetts Detective Killed in Parachuting Accident in Ellington

A 62-year-old off-duty Massachusetts police detective died after making a hard landing while parachuting at Ellington Airport just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

James Hansmann, of Springfield, Mass., was flown by LifeStar to Hartford Hospital, where he later died, according to state police.

Hansmann was a detective lieutenant with the Leyden Police Department in Franklin County, Massachusetts, according to the Associated Press.

Leyden Police Chief Daniel Galvis said Hansmann was with the department since 2003 and the department is devastated.

The parachute was functioning properly and there is no criminal aspect to the incident, police said.

The death comes just one day after an incident in which a parachutist had to "cut away" a main parachute after some type of issue while skydiving.  That person was not hurt.

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