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In Fatal Tandem Jump, an Issue With the Teacher

FAA is still investigating deaths of Yong Kwon, Tyler Turner

(Newser) - The director of an organization that certifies skydivers said Thursday that the instructor who led a tandem jump in Northern California that turned fatal didn't have the required advanced parachuting certificate, the AP reports. The Federal Aviation Administration requires tandem-jump instructors to receive training and a certificate from the... More »

Family Watched as 18-Year-Old Skydiver Plummeted to Death

Skydiving deaths are rare

(Newser) - One of the two skydivers who was killed in California on Saturday after a parachute didn't open during a tandem jump was an 18-year-old first-time jumper who had family members watching from the ground as he plummeted thousands of feet to his death, the AP reports. The other victim... More »

2 Skydivers Killed When Chutes Fail to Open

'It looks like ... something may have gone out of sequence'

(Newser) - Two skydivers were killed Saturday during a tandem jump in northern California, reports the AP . Their bodies were found in a Lodi-area vineyard after someone reported that the skydivers hit the ground without an open parachute, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Deputy Les Garcia said. It appeared the parachute did... More »

Skydiving Student Found Dead With 'No Harness'

'She came completely out of whatever and dropped to the ground'

(Newser) - Sheralynn Neff took part in at least five skydives over the weekend, so her last on Sunday should have been routine, reports the Hutchinson News . Instead, the 26-year-old's parachute landed without her. Crews in Cushing, Okla., searched for 16 hours before discovering the body of the Kansas woman—whom... More »

Instructor, Student Killed in Skydiving Accident

Pair apparently hit building near Cape Cod Airfield

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration and local authorities are probing the deaths of two skydivers yesterday evening. The instructor and student, both adult males, were found next to a garage across the street from the Cape Cod Airfield, reports NECN . "We responded to the scene and we observed two people—... More »

3 Jump to Safety Before Plane Crash Kills 8

Crash is Finland's worst air disaster in decades

(Newser) - Three people, including the pilot, managed to jump to safety using parachutes when a plane carrying skydivers experienced trouble over western Finland; another eight were killed when the aircraft crashed and caught fire, the BBC reports. Witnesses saw the three jump from the American-made Comp Air 8 light utility aircraft... More »

Skydiver Killed During World Record Attempt

Parachute failed during 222-person jump

(Newser) - Another attempt to smash a skydiving world record has ended in tragedy. One of 222 skydivers from 28 countries died as the team attempted to free-fall from 18,000 feet and come together in two formations before pulling their parachutes, reports the Arizona Republic . The woman, a 46-year-old from... More »

Teen Survives 3,500-Foot Fall

Mackenzie Wethington recovering after skydiving accident

(Newser) - An absolutely amazing story out of Oklahoma, where a Texas 16-year-old survived a 3,500-foot fall in a skydiving mishap—and didn't even require any surgery for her injuries. Mackenzie Wethington, who went skydiving Saturday as a birthday present from her parents, slammed into the ground, yet somehow only... More »

Marine Dies on Vacation Wife Won on Ellen

Brandon McGraw dead in Australian skydiving accident

(Newser) - A Marine and his wife were in Australia last week on a trip they won on Ellen DeGeneres' show in January, but it ended in tragedy when the Marine was killed in a skydiving accident. Cherilyn McGraw made a tandem jump in Euroa, north of Melbourne, on Saturday, but husband... More »

Midair Collision Kills 2 Skydivers

Arizona group was trying to break formation record

(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... More »

11 Parachutists Dead in Plane Crash

Witnesses say wing broke off plane in Belgium

(Newser) - A plane carrying parachutists for a skydiving trip crashed in southern Belgium today, killing all 11 people aboard, officials say. Minutes after the aircraft took off from a small airfield near the city of Namur, witnesses saw part of a wing break off, sending the plane into a spiraling nosedive... More »

Tandem Jump Turns Deadly in Mississippi

Equipment malfunction eyed in crash that killed instructor

(Newser) - A skydiving teacher in Mississippi was killed and the student he was on a tandem jump with was critically injured after an apparent equipment malfunction. Other skydivers said there appeared to be some "entanglement with the lines" before the pair crashed into a remote swamp, the local sheriff tells... More »

Camera May Hold Clues in Skydivers' Deaths

Icelandic instructor, student die in Florida jump

(Newser) - Authorities probing the deaths of two men in a skydiving accident in Florida on Saturday hope a helmet camera worn by one of them will provide some clues, Tampa Bay Online reports. The instructor and student, both from Iceland, were found dead in a wooded area about a mile from... More »

80-Year-Old Skydiver Slips Out of Harness

Laverne Everett takes a scary skydive in California

(Newser) - Octogenarian skydiving won't exactly catch on after this video goes viral. Laverne Everett was celebrating birthday No. 80 with her first skydive when, at the last second, she became reluctant to jump, Huffington Post reports. The man going with her pushed Everett out, and the pair tumbled out over... More »

Skydiver Killed in Competition

Diver died of injury from 'swooping'

(Newser) - A skydiving expert with more than 8,000 jumps under his belt died at a skydiving competition in San Diego over the weekend, reports the New York Daily News . Sean Carey, who also taught skydiving to Navy SEALs, was supposed to be "swooping," a difficult maneuver in which... More »

2 Skydivers Die After Colliding in Air

Plunged almost 400 feet to their deaths

(Newser) - Two skydivers died in California yesterday after their chutes collided when the two were about 300 to 400 feet in the air, causing them to plummet, reports the AP . The men were pronounced dead on the scene after emergency workers failed to resuscitate them. Patrick McGowan, 42, was an instructor... More »

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