Parachute collapses, skydiver is killed

Parachute collapses, skydiver
is killed
associated press • September 7, 2010

Fort Dodge, Ia. – A man died Sunday after his
parachute collapsed on itself during a
demonstration at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport.

Julio Cesar Velez Correa, 27, of Puerto Rico was
preparing to land when a gust of wind caused his
parachute to collapse.

Steve Lawyer, a representative of the Des Moines
Skydivers and a U.S. Parachute Association safety
and training adviser, said Correa fell 100 feet to the
ground.

Lawyer said that Correa’s gear and safety equipment
had been working properly and that nothing
unusual had occurred before the incident. He said
the winds at the time were within the margin of
safety for skydiving.

Lawyer said the accident was a sobering experience,
“but as skydivers we know the risks we face, and he
did as well.”

Lawyer said Correa had been skydiving for about
four years and had made 346 jumps.

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