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Two US Skyding Fatalities start off the New Year

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On Saturday January 8, a competitor in the Rumbleseat Meet at Perris Valley outside Los Angeles died during the first round of competition. James Martin spun in under a main-reserve entanglement. Three teams withdrew from the meet before the second round. The competition has not been cancelled and is still happening. Jim Wallace is assisting with the investigation. No further details available at this time.

In a second incident a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department says a skydiver died near the Byron Airport today when his foot apparently became tangled in a line when he released his main parachute. Sgt. Alan Johnson say the dive about 4:45 p.m. started OK but the 24-year-old man was unable to free himself from the line. He says determination of the cause of death will be made by the coroner.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will also investigate the accident. A spokesman for the airport says the skydiver was in a Bay Area Skydiving plane that had taken off from the airport. He said the jump occurred about a quarter of a mile north of the airport. He said the last fatality in a skydive there was in 1995. A spokesman for Bay Area Skydiving was unavailable for comment.

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