Police Rule Plane Jumper's Death a Suicide

A 29-year-old man who plunged to his death from a skydiving plane with no parachute on Saturday committed suicide, state police said.

Sloan Carafello of Schenectady was described as an observer on the small plane. Witnesses say he leaped out behind three parachuters.

An autopsy on Sunday found that the cause of death was massive trauma, and state police investigator Mario DiCristofaro says the death was ruled a suicide.

Carafello's co-workers tell the Times Union of Albany that he asked them frequently in recent months, "If you had to die, would you rather jump off a building or jump out of a plane without a parachute?"