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Old 04-24-2005, 09:50 PM   #1  
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Skydiver Dies After Striking Plane in Fla.

Apr 24, 8:42 AM (ET)

DELAND, Fla. (AP) - A man who was skydiving in central Florida struck the wing of a plane as he descended over an airport, losing both his legs in the accident. The man later died, officials said.

Albert Wing III hit the airplane that he jumped from Saturday morning, police Cmdr. Randel Henderson said. Police said the victim had opened his parachute when he struck the left wing at about 600 feet. His legs were severed at the knees, but he managed to land near an airport.

Wing was taken to a hospital, where he later died, Henderson said. The plane landed safely. DeLand is about 40 miles north of Orlando.

Fourteen other skydivers were in the air at the time of the accident, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker said. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating.

Skydive DeLand, which organized the jump, said Saturday's accident was not common. The death was the second involving the company this year.
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very upsetting article.

(interesting line: kydive DeLand, which organized the jump, said Saturday's accident was not common. The death was the second involving the company this year.---not sure how common it is but it is only april and this is the second that is about 6+ a year)
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very upsetting article.

(interesting line: kydive DeLand, which organized the jump, said Saturday's accident was not common. The death was the second involving the company this year.---not sure how common it is but it is only april and this is the second that is about 6+ a year)
http://www.dropzone.com/fatalities/2005/index.shtml

6+ a year? Please, get your facts straight. Gus was a great guy!
 
 
 
 

 
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