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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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May 27, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Paul Pringle
The last wish of a sky diver who died over the weekend was to be cremated and have his ashes spread across the sky, his family said. Ken Oka, 62, was performing a maneuver with a group of sky divers shortly after 3 p.m. when he got ensnared in the chute and couldn't free himself, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The Mira Loma man landed in a backyard in the 19000 block of Sweetwood Lane and was pronounced dead at the hospital, the department said. His last wish was to have his ashes spread during a final jump, KTLA reported.
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March 12, 1985 | Associated Press
A sky diver was reported in critical condition Monday with severe burns after she became entangled in a high-voltage power line during a parachute jump, authorities said. Brenda Linder, 26, was jumping with others about a mile south of the Osceola, Wis., airport Sunday when she struck a live power line, Polk County Sheriff Don Hansen said. Linder was taken to a hospital in Osceola before being flown by helicopter ambulance to St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center's burn unit.
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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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May 27, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Paul Pringle
The last wish of a sky diver who died over the weekend was to be cremated and have his ashes spread across the sky, his family said. Ken Oka, 62, was performing a maneuver with a group of sky divers shortly after 3 p.m. when he got ensnared in the chute and couldn't free himself, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The Mira Loma man landed in a backyard in the 19000 block of Sweetwood Lane and was pronounced dead at the hospital, the department said. His last wish was to have his ashes spread during a final jump, KTLA reported.
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May 11, 1987 | United Press International
A sky diver bumped into his companion during their descent and plunged 9,000 feet to his death Sunday without his parachute opening, officials said. The victim's name was not immediately released. The accident occurred at about 3 p.m. at the Issaquah Parachute Center, authorities said. Ron Morcom, manager of the center, said the victim jumped from a plane at an altitude of 9,000 feet with three other parachutists in an attempt to link up in a free-fall formation.
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December 29, 2011 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
A Canadian sky diver who plummeted to his death in Perris miscalculated a move while performing a highly risky maneuver referred to as "swooping. " Michael Ungar, 32, of Ontario died Tuesday afternoon after he crashed into a pond at the Perris Valley Skydiving facility in Riverside County. Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld, manager of Perris Valley Skydiving, said the experienced sky diver was performing a high-speed parachuting trick that requires deploying the parachute at the start of the jump and then building up speed as he descends from the plane.
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October 26, 1986 | Associated Press
A sky diver performing at a benefit was killed Saturday after his emergency parachute became entangled with his malfunctioning main chute, police said. Walter D. Malinowski, 29, of Taberg, had made more than 800 successful jumps before the accident at Kamp Airport.
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October 11, 1987 | Associated Press
A sky diver taking part in an annual jump from the 876-foot-high New River Gorge Bridge was killed Saturday when his parachute failed to open, officials said. Steven Gyrsting, 25, of Paoli, Pa., is the third sky diver to die in a jump from the bridge, the officials said.
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October 17, 1986
A would-be sky diver who hired two video cameramen to record his leap before making a fatal jump from a light plane over Nevada was a West German engineer who apparently was seeking publicity for a lightweight parachute he had invented, Las Vegas police said Thursday. Hajo Harms, 36, was killed Oct. 6 when the chute he had hidden beneath his dinner jacket failed to open. Without explanation, Harms had hired the cameramen and a notary public to accompany him on the nighttime plane ride.
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December 29, 2011 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
A Canadian sky diver who plummeted to his death in Perris miscalculated a move while performing a highly risky maneuver referred to as "swooping. " Michael Ungar, 32, of Ontario died Tuesday afternoon after he crashed into a pond at the Perris Valley Skydiving facility in Riverside County. Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld, manager of Perris Valley Skydiving, said the experienced sky diver was performing a high-speed parachuting trick that requires deploying the parachute at the start of the jump and then building up speed as he descends from the plane.
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November 13, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
Sky diver Stephen Millard Harrington was making his last jump of the day. It was meant to be a relaxing drop that would cap a record-setting day in the skies above Riverside County. But Harrington apparently hit the tail of a twin-engine plane as he jumped out the door and plunged several thousand feet to his death Wednesday in Murrieta, according to authorities and fellow parachutists. The 40-year-old Boston resident was pronounced dead at 5:05 p.m., shortly after he crashed into a residential lot in the 38000 block of Calle de Lobo.
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September 19, 2009 | Martha Groves
A 30-year-old parachutist fell to his death Friday after colliding in midair with another sky diver in Wildomar, said Capt. Fernando Herrera of the Riverside County Fire Department. The other parachutist, 42, suffered minor injuries. Fire personnel were dispatched about 11:35 a.m. to Cereal Street near Lake Elsinore's Skylark Field, Herrera said. The area is a popular sky-diving location. Witnesses said the two parachutists were diving separately but collided in midair, got entangled and "went down," Herrera said.
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September 15, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
The FAA is investigating an accident that killed two sky divers near Lodi as they practiced a maneuver for a national competition next month. Robert Bigley, 32, of Redwood City, Calif., and Barbara Cuddy, 48, of Carson City, Nev., fell to their deaths Sunday, according to San Joaquin County authorities. Their parachutes became entangled at an altitude of about 6,000 feet as they worked with six other team members on a tight formation called "the wedge," said Bill Dause, owner of the Parachute Center in Acampo.
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October 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Ground searchers found the wreckage of a plane carrying nine sky divers and a pilot that crashed in the rugged central Cascades. There was no immediate word on whether there were any survivors. The missing Cessna 208 Grand Caravan left Star, Idaho, near Boise, Sunday evening en route to Shelton, Wash., northwest of Olympia, but did not arrive as scheduled.
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April 23, 2005 | Nora Zamichow, Times Staff Writer
The plane had just reached 4,000 feet when Jonathan Tagle leaped. He plummeted, belly to the ground, reaching 120 mph before deploying a rectangular parachute. At 600 feet, closing in rapidly on a shallow pond, Tagle plunged into a spiraling dive. He accelerated toward Earth, veering horizontally at the last moment in an L-shaped turn that took him so close to the ground that his heels skimmed the surface of the pond.
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November 27, 1993 | From Associated Press
A sky diver who crashed into an airplane said he tried at the last second to steer clear of the collision that killed four people. "My first impression was, 'Oh, my God, what's he doing there?' " Alfred Peters said Friday. "I dipped one shoulder; I thought I was going to sail right over the top. The next thing I heard was a thud." Peters, a former Army paratrooper, suffered a broken ankle while all four on the plane were killed earlier this week.
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November 13, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
Sky diver Stephen Millard Harrington was making his last jump of the day. It was meant to be a relaxing drop that would cap a record-setting day in the skies above Riverside County. But Harrington apparently hit the tail of a twin-engine plane as he jumped out the door and plunged several thousand feet to his death Wednesday in Murrieta, according to authorities and fellow parachutists. The 40-year-old Boston resident was pronounced dead at 5:05 p.m., shortly after he crashed into a residential lot in the 38000 block of Calle de Lobo.
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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."
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January 29, 1996 | EMI ENDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The skydiving community remained shaken Sunday after a veteran Long Beach sky diver plunged to his death on a residential street in Perris this weekend. Larry Langrand, 50, had jumped out of a plane for practice Saturday morning when a loose line became entangled with the rigging from his main and backup parachutes, police said. "It just instills in you that you've got to be very, very careful," said Melanie Conatser, owner of Perris Valley Skydiving Center.
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