Midair Collision Kills 2 Skydivers

Arizona group was trying to break formation record
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2013 11:35 PM CST
Updated Dec 4, 2013 12:31 AM CST
Investigators have been at the scene overnight.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Two skydivers were killed and another injured last night in a midair collision involving members of a group trying to smash formation skydiving records in Arizona. Witnesses say the skydivers were 200 to 300 feet above the ground when they collided, causing them to fall to the ground as their canopies collapsed, a police spokesman tells ABC15.

Officials say the two people killed were not American but they have not disclosed their nationalities. The skydivers were part of a 200- to 250-member group taking part in a week-long effort to break as many records as possible, reports the Arizona Republic. The collision happened at the Skydive Arizona facility where the world record for an all-female mass-formation jump was broken just a few days ago.

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