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Skydiving Fatalities : 2006 : North America : Canopy collision and collapse at 200 feet

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2006-12-30
United States
Arizona
Skydive Arizona
Landing
Hook Turn
Canopy Collision
Freeflying
Javelin
Velocity 96
Reserve 113
CYPRES
Male
40
4000+
Cliff Heller
Jumper was doing a right handed 270 high preformance landing and collided with another jumper that had did a 180 left turn at the same time. The first jumpers canopy collapsed and spun up. At approx 50-75 feet the jumper fired his reserve but it only had time to be extracted from the container before he impacted. The Second jumper was able to land under his canopy and suffered minor injuries but did have both artificial legs ripped off in the initial collision.


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