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Sky Diver Dies After Parachute Collapses

March 25, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A veteran sky diver plunged to his death after his parachute malfunctioned as he made a turn about 50 feet off the ground, officials said.

Bob Kresge, 33, of Laurel, Md., who had made more than 500 jumps, died at Louisa County Airport.

"On his final approach to the landing area, he attempted a small turn at about 50 feet over the airport," said Mark Woods, co-owner of Skydive Virginia. "One side of his parachute collapsed and he started spinning."

Kresge could not regain control of his parachute before striking the taxiway.

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