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October 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A skydiver attempting a stunt was killed when he hit a suspension bridge and fell onto the rocks below, police said. Dwain Weston, 30, died following the inaugural Go Fast Games. He struck the 1,053-foot-high Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, said Heather Hill, a vice president of event sponsor Go Fast Sports & Beverage Co. Weston, of Australia, had jumped from an airplane with another parachutist.
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March 31, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The skydiver killed Sunday after his chute failed to open during a jump in eastern San Diego County was a veteran who had logged hundreds of jumps, officials said. The skydiver, identified Monday by the medical examiner as Jordan Janway, 27, of San Diego, was an instructor at Skydive San Diego. He was working on a tandem maneuver Sunday afternoon with another skydiver when the two collided, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. He may have been knocked unconscious.
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May 28, 2001 | From Associated Press
A veteran skydiver died after jumping out of an airplane with a group of friends. Dan Scary, 52, of Oakland may have experienced a health problem while in the air Saturday. He and others were forming a circle, and Scary was holding a friend's wrist when his grip reportedly got weaker, said San Joaquin County Sheriff's Sgt. Joe Herrera. Scary's parachute opened correctly, but it was unknown whether he was able to control it.
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March 31, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The veteran skydiver who died Sunday after his chute failed to open during a jump in eastern San Diego County was the brother-in-law of famed NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. In a message posted on his website Monday, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion  said his family was "saddened by the tragic passing" of his wife's brother, identified by the county medical examiner as 27-year-old Jordan Janway, of San Diego. "Jordan was an incredible son, brother, uncle and friend and will be dearly missed," the statement read.
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December 20, 1996
Forget Prancer, Donner and Dasher. Santa Claus arrived at La Seda Elementary School on Thursday via parachute. From 9,000 feet up. Seven hundred schoolchildren squinted in the sun and shrieked as Santa and five other skydivers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department skydiving team leaped out of a plane and floated to the schoolyard. It was the latest in what has become an annual tradition of offbeat Santa Claus visits to this school, located in an unincorporated area near La Puente.
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October 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
A parachute that opened prematurely became tangled in the tail of the plane a skydiver was jumping from, killing the man and forcing everyone else aboard to leap before the Cessna 206 crashed near Taylorville. The name of the victim was withheld pending notification of relatives. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.
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June 3, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six weeks ago today, a plane carrying a pilot, an observer and 20 skydivers crashed on takeoff at Perris Valley Airport. Sixteen died. The six who survived were spared because of their positions in the airplane. They were in the back, behind those who perished.
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November 7, 1990 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Birds were born to fly, fish to swim and humans to walk the earth. The first two know their places. The other's inclination to tempt the order of nature has led 40 apparently stable and intelligent men and women to Perris Valley Airport south of Riverside, where they have climbed aboard an ancient plane and sit on the floor toboggan style, backs toward a wide-open door. All wear grins, goggles, jump suits and parachutes, but the 'chutes are only for the last few thousand feet.
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April 30, 1992 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sky-diving plane that crashed during takeoff in Riverside County last week, killing 16 people and injuring six others, was more than 1,600 pounds over its maximum allowable takeoff weight under existing flight conditions, a federal investigator said Wednesday. A. Don Llorente, air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, also said that authorities found five gallons of water contaminating the tank that fed fuel into the aircraft's right engine.
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July 21, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There he was, high above Monterey Bay, a yellow speck rocketing across the gauzy sky. Birdman was tracing a line due east, maybe 100 mph, following the braided shoals of the Salinas River. The ground was approaching at about 60 mph. Graceful from afar, close-up he looked like a flying squirrel in an Elvis get-up. Mark Lichtle had jumped out of a plane at 12,900 feet and was trying to soar two miles inland before deploying his parachute.
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March 30, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A skydiver fell to his death Sunday afternoon after an accident in the air with another skydiver, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. The skydiver, described only as a man in his 20s, was found in the Otay Lakes area near Jamul about 4 p.m. His skydiving partner landed safely. The two bumped each other during the dive, causing one skydiver's parachute to malfunction, officials said. ALSO: An estimated 17 million people felt 5.1 earthquake in California Search halted for California man swept out to sea during baptism Three Marines stabbed during fight between Dodgers, Angels fans Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
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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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December 4, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- Arizona police are investigating the deaths of two skydivers who collided and then plummeted to the ground after the canopies of their parachutes collapsed. The skydivers were foreigners who were part of a group of 200 men and women who jumped Tuesday afternoon using nine planes at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, which is halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. The training facility touts its drop zone as the largest in the world. Police received a report of the accident at 4:51 p.m. Tuesday.
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November 4, 2013 | From a Times staff writer
A Southern California man who said he always wanted to skydive finally did it Monday on this 100th birthday. Vernon Maynard, a retired car dealer, and his two great-nephews made their first skydive from 13,000 feet in Perris, said Jean Walcher of the U.S. Parachute Assn., the Associated Press reported. They were accompanied by trained instructors. Skydive Perris manager Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld said Maynard, of Palm Desert, obtained a doctor's note before making the jump, according to the AP. Maynard's daughter Linda Hironimus said her father's friends made arrangements for him to skydive after he said he always wanted to try it. ALSO: LAX shooting: Condition of wounded teacher is upgraded to 'good' Driver shot and killed in Paramount after 4-hour chase is identified Tomahawk-throwing champion chases burglar from her home with ax  
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November 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
It was Mike Robinson's 937th skydive and his very first "freak" accident. One moment, the 64-year-old skydiving instructor was clinging to a plane over Wisconsin on Saturday at sunset, ready to jump with eight others. All nine were on two Cessnas cruising in close formation, with all but two jumpers already outside the fuselage, preparing to leap. The next moment, the planes collided in midair. A wing on Robinson's plane was severed, his Cessna caught fire, and everyone plummeted toward the earth from 12,000 feet.
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October 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A 53-year-old Michigan woman survived being hit by a skydiver who died over the weekend doing a stunt, officials said. The unidentified woman, who was standing on the ground, was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said in a news release that was reported by the Associated Press. The incident happened in Ray Township, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit. The dead skydiver was identified as Kenneth R. Bernek of nearby Waterford, police told reporters over the weekend.
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April 23, 1992 | MARLA CONE and SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While friends and fellow jumpers watched in horror, a twin-engine plane loaded with sky divers slammed nose-first into a grassy field at a rural Riverside County airport Wednesday, killing 16 people and seriously injuring six others. The impact of the crash at the Perris Valley Airport, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, hurled many passengers to the front of the crumpled aircraft and cracked off its wings.
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November 2, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six months after the plane crash that severely injured them and killed 16 others, the surviving members of Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld's Air Moves sky-diving team are at it again. Not only are they jumping out of airplanes, they are getting ready to try for a national championship. The odds against victory seem pretty long.
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October 9, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
At a time when so many states are chipping away at reproductive rights, making it nearly impossible for women to exercise their constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy, how refreshing to see California standing up for women's rights. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that gives some medical professionals who are not doctors the right to perform early abortions. The bill, introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins of San Diego, followed a years-long pilot program involving more than 11,000 women who underwent first-trimester abortions.
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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.
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