Skydiver who died following midair collision is Jimmie Johnson's brother-in-law

JAMUL, Calif. - A skydiving instructor who died following a midair collision is the brother-in-law of NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson, according to the racer's foundation.

Jimmie Johnson's foundation issued the following statement Monday:

"The Johnsons are saddened by the tragic passing of Chandra’s brother, Jordan Janway, 27. Jordan was an incredible son, brother, uncle and friend and will be dearly missed. Please keep the Janway family in your thoughts and prayers. The family asks for privacy at this time."

Jordan Janway, 27, of San Diego was found dead near Otay Lakes (outside of Jamul) late Sunday afternoon. He had been reported missing earlier in the day while teaching a group how to skydive. He was a contract employee for Skydive San Diego.

Buzz Fink, skydiving company's owner, said Sunday that Janway was practicing a maneuver called tracking when he collided with his jump partner's knee or leg.

"He was unable to deploy his parachute, probably because he was incapacitated after he hit the other jumper," Fink said.

The other jumper involved in the collision was not injured and was able to land in the drop zone.

Fink said the surviving jumper had a Cybernetic Parachute Release System (CYPRES), a reserve parachute which monitors a skydiver’s speed and altitude and automatically deploys if it senses a problem.

Janway was not using the system during his jump. Fink said the skydriver had a CYPRES, but it had been sent in for maintenance within the past couple of weeks.

Fink said Janway was an experienced skydiver who had completed more than 1,000 jumps.

Condolences flooded Janway’s Facebook page on Monday.

One friend wrote, “You're watching over us now brother. I really wish I would have never dragged my feet on taking you up on that jump. We will be reunited once again in the sky, my friend.”

Another person wrote, “I am shocked by this devastating news... fly free Jordo! My condolences to the family and close friends.”

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