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Jumper dies after parachute fails

February 16, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A parachutist jumping from a mountain base died after falling 250 feet with a chute that apparently failed to open.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Matteson said dispatchers received a 911 call that a parachutist had been injured after jumping off a mountain base near Saguaro Lake northeast of Phoenix.

The parachutist died about an hour after the accident. His name has not been released.

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