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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Skydiver dies in Arizona during attempt at record jump

Published 03/04/2014 | 19:27

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An experienced skydiver who was part of a group of 222 people trying to set a world record formation jump in Arizona died on Thursday following a parachute malfunction, organizers said.

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"The person was on the first attempt at the record this morning," said Gulcin Gilbert, spokeswoman for the group, World Team, which was attempting the record in the Arizona desert.

Sergeant Brian Jerome, of the Eloy Police Department, identified the victim as Diana Paris, 46, from Berlin, Germany. Her husband told police she had completed 1,500 jumps in her skydiving career.

Skydive Arizona blamed the accident on a malfunctioning parachute which was released too low to the ground to allow a reserve parachute to fully open. The skydiver was declared dead at the scene.

A video of the massive group practicing for the attempt is available above.

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