1 dead, 1 injured in skydiving accident in Arizona

November 22, 2015 6:20 am

 Photo / Skydive Phoenix

A skydiving student died and an instructor was injured in a tandem jump in Arizona, authorities said Saturday.
Pinal
County Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Clark said a malfunction or failure
occurred, leading to a hard-impact landing. Firefighters pronounced the
26-year-old female student dead. The 40-year-old male instructor was
hospitalised with two broken legs and was expected to survive.
They
were taking part in a tandem jump in which two people, typically a
certified skydiver or instructor and a student, are joined by a harness.
In
a post on their Facebook page, Skydive Phoenix said the student was
conducting her second jump for their Accelerated Skydiving Programme and
a main parachute did not deploy. A reserve parachute was flying
properly but encountered turbulence during the landing.
The student’s identity will not be released until next of kin have been notified, Clark said.
The
Federal Aviation Administration is conducting its own investigation.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the FAA investigates incidents involving
civilian jumps to see if a parachute was properly used.

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