A Newport man died Saturday in a skydiving incident in Martin County, according to Lt. Drew Robinson with the Martin County Sheriff's Office.
Frank Albert Plisko, 56, died at the Martin County Airport, Robinson said.
The FAA and the Martin County Sheriff's Office are investigating, Robinson said.
As investigators work to find out what went wrong, the victim's three sons honor their dad at Tradewind Skysports on Sunday. Andy, Jeff, and Michael wanted to honor their father by doing what he loved to do the most, sky diving.
"His three son's felt the need to get in the air today to honor their dad, honor his memory. I know frank would have been proud of them," said Tradewind Skysports Manager John Rogers.
Family said Frank was a retired Special Forces in the military and has been jumping for more than 20 years. Rogers said he started recreational jumping in the 90’s.
"He was here every day it was open. I mean he was the heart and soul of this drop zone and it's still kind of hadn't sunk in to everybody,” said Rogers. “It doesn't seem real to me yet."
Further details were not released.
Authorities were dispatched to the airport shortly after 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Robinson said.