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Skydiver dies during record group-jump try in Arizona

Published on Apr 4, 2014 10:30 AM

PHOENIX (REUTERS) - A German skydiver who was among 222 people trying to set a world record with a group-formation jump was killed on Thursday in the Arizona desert when her main parachute malfunctioned, police and a spokesman for the skydiving facility said.

The skydiver, identified by police as 46-year-old Diana Paris of Berlin, was taking part in a first attempt to set the record on Thursday morning when the mishap occurred, organizers said. She was declared dead on the scene.

"The malfunctioning parachute was released too low to allow the reserve parachute to fully open," said Ms Jocelyn Bernatchez, a spokesman for SkyDive Arizona, the facility about 65 miles (105 km) south of Phoenix in Eloy where the event took place.

Ms Bernatchez said the airplane involved had been functioning properly, and that weather conditions in Eloy were good at the time of the accident, which occurred at about 7.30am local time.

Skydivers form a missing man formation in Eloy, Arizona on April 3, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
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