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March 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The wing of a small plane flying a few feet off the ground clipped the strings of a parachute Saturday in Florida, flinging the skydiver into the air and slamming the plane nose-first into grass. Both pilot and skydiver survived. In fact, neither the pilot nor the skydiver suffered serious injuries, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. The pilot, 87-year-old Sharon Trembley, had been practicing landings and take-offs with his private Cessna at South Lakeland Airport near Tampa.
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March 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
About 8 seconds of free-fall from the top of the World Trade Center mark an amazing stunt, captured on video, which resulted in the arrests of four men. Three men who jumped off the World Trade Center and then gently landed with parachutes on the streets of Manhattan were arraigned late Monday along with a fourth man who helped them get away. The so-called BASE jump, referring to the act of leaping from a building, antenna, span or earth, happened in the early morning in September from what has since become the nation's tallest tower.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2010 | By Tony Barboza
More than 100,000 people have ascended skyward in Irvine's balloon ride to savor aerial views of Orange County, take panoramic photographs and even make the occasional marriage proposal. But imagine the shock the pilot of the Great Park balloon must have felt just before 9 p.m. Sunday when, high above the ground, the gondola shook and a young man parachuted out. The orange-hued helium balloon had ascended to a height of 330 feet when one of the 12 passengers climbed up and out of the netting enclosing the gondola, unfurled a hidden parachute, threw it ahead of him and jumped out, said Irvine city spokesman Craig Reem.
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March 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The wing of a small plane flying a few feet off the ground clipped the strings of a parachute Saturday in Florida, flinging the skydiver into the air and slamming the plane nose-first into grass. Both pilot and skydiver survived. In fact, neither the pilot nor the skydiver suffered serious injuries, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. The pilot, 87-year-old Sharon Trembley, had been practicing landings and take-offs with his private Cessna at South Lakeland Airport near Tampa.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2011 | By Cristy Lytal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When it comes to surviving a jump off the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, it helps to have Pete Swan on your team. As the supervising parachute packer on the set of director Michael Bay's 3-D action blockbuster "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," Swan worked with four other experts to ensure that the film's five BASE jumpers always had a soft landing, whether launching from a helicopter or the top of the 110-story Willis Tower in downtown...
SCIENCE
December 5, 2009
Weed killer, used by many, in doubt The widely used weed killer atrazine affects the sexual development of frogs, raising questions about the effects of its use in the environment, the University of Ottawa says. A study by researchers at the university found that at low levels comparable to those measured in the environment, fewer tadpoles reached the froglet stage and the ratio of females to males increased. Atrazine "is so widely used that it can be detected in many rivers, streams and in some water supplies," the university said in a statement.
NEWS
June 17, 1994 | MELODY McGRATH
Jumping out of an airplane would appear to be an activity grounded in insanity. After all, it's traditionally been reserved for emergency escapes from flaming single-engines. But sky-diving has become a thrill-seeker's sport. It's the ultimate version of bungee-jumping. It starts out the same--with a flying leap--but sky-diving affords you no no last-minute tether to sling you back. With sky-diving it's all or nothing. And the promised adrenaline rush is the exact reason why Sunny Hills junior Chris Winkler decided to do it. "I'm a thrill-seeker," he said.
NEWS
April 5, 1988 | Associated Press
An expert parachutist fell to his death when he jumped from a plane, apparently without realizing that he wasn't wearing a parachute, officials said today. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the death Saturday of Ivan Lester McGuire to see if pilot Mark Luman had checked to see if McGuire was wearing a parachute.
NEWS
August 14, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Two sky divers fell to their deaths today after they collided during a jump involving 12 parachutists, authorities said. Officials said Maurizio Moggi, 37, could not open his parachute in time to avoid a collision with the open parachute of Marco Bertolini, 22. The force of the impact collapsed Bertolini's parachute, causing both men to plummet to the ground.
BUSINESS
February 13, 1990
Hansen Manufacturing Co. in Pomona won a $3.4-million contract from the Army for cargo parachute releases.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Federal prosecutors have dismissed a misdemeanor citation filed against a man who leaped off a cliff to save his wife, whose parachute had failed to open during the newlyweds' adventure in southern Utah. Amber Marie Bellows, 28, died after she fell Saturday performing what's known as a BASE jump. BASE is an acronym for building, antenna, span, and earth, the fixed objects from which participants jump. A Zion National Park officer cited Clayton Hoyt Butler, 29, for flying a parachute through a national park without a permit.
SCIENCE
July 24, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Video streaming by Ustream Early Wednesday morning, NASA engineers will drop a model spacecraft big enough to hold four astronauts from 35,000 feet up in the air - and you can watch what happens next, live, right here. NASA will host a Live Google Hangout from the test site at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. PDT on July 24. And the good news is that something is guaranteed to go wrong. The engineers will simulate a failure of one of the model spacecraft's three main parachutes, according to a release from the space agency.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Like the independent Wanted Design show that ran concurrently with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York last month, the inaugural Parachute Market is set to launch this weekend blocks from the Dwell on Design expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Presented by the vintage furniture and design shop Storefront, the marketplace is intended to be a quarterly outlet for furniture, accessories, fine art and decorative arts...
SPORTS
March 15, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Skydiver Craig Stapleton, 51, is lucky to be alive after his parachutes failed during a jump on Sunday. Stapleton jumped from 8,000 feet, and then his primary and backup parachutes failed. "I thought, 'God hates me,'" Stapleton told ABCNews.com. "I felt like nothing was going right here. I knew I was going to die. I thought, 'If I live through this, I'll have months of rehab.' " Only part of Stapleton's main chute deployed, so he went to his backup. That got tangled in the main chute.
NATIONAL
January 8, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
For days, hundreds of rescuers spanned across nine square miles on a rugged mountain east of Seattle, trudging through dense vegetation while calling Kurt Ruppert's name -- all with the hope of finding the 29-year-old sky diver alive. No response came. Authorities now say Ruppert is presumed dead -- maybe a victim of the sharp cold nights, or some kind of problem during the 6,500-foot fall from the helicopter he jumped out of on Thursday. Ruppert was wearing a special winged suit at the time that allows sky divers to glide long distances before deploying a parachute.
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January 5, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Authorities in Washington state narrowed their search Saturday for a skydiver who disappeared after jumping from a helicopter above the Cascade Mountains and are hoping to find the 29-year old alive after two days in the rugged terrain. Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office said authorities used cellphone signals and the helicopter's flight pattern to focus on a quarter-square-mile area on Mt Si east of Seattle. The skydiver's cellphone is no longer working, she said.
NATIONAL
February 2, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Authorities say a skydiving instructor who was sharing a parachute with a first-time jumper apparently died of a heart attack in the air. The first-time jumper was able to parachute to the ground safely Saturday in Chester County. He tried to revive the 49-year-old instructor after they landed, but it was too late.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A tangled, torn parachute found buried last month was not the one used by plane hijacker D.B. Cooper when he bailed out of an airliner over the Pacific Northwest, the FBI said in Seattle. Investigators reached that conclusion after speaking with parachute experts, including Earl Cossey, who packed the chutes provided to Cooper that rainy November night in 1971.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
MENLO PARK - In just eight years, Facebook signed up more than half the world's Internet population. Now it's going after the rest. Facebook wants to reach every single person on the Internet whether they are logging on from a laptop in Santa Monica, an iPhone in Tokyo or a low-tech phone with a tiny screen in Nairobi. It's parachuting into market after market to take on homegrown social networks by currying favor with the locals and venturing where many people have spotty - if any - access to the Internet.
SCIENCE
August 6, 2012 | By Jon Bardin, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
About six minutes in to the rover's seven minutes of terror -- the time it took for Curiosity to reach the surface of Mars from the edge of its atmosphere -- the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took a pass over the landing site, the Gale crater. When it did, it took a stunning photo. In it, you can clearly see Curiosity, its parachute deployed, floating toward the surface of the planet. The Odyssey satellite got all the credit Sunday night because it was responsible for relaying signals back to Earth about whether the descent and landing were working correctly.
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