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May 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A first-time skydiver slipped from her harness when the parachute opened and fell to her death, authorities said. Ellen Ann McWilliams, 44, of West Chester, Pa., was participating in a tandem jump near Sterling, about 40 miles south of Cleveland, officials said.
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May 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A first-time skydiver slipped from her harness when the parachute opened and fell to her death, authorities said. Ellen Ann McWilliams, 44, of West Chester, Pa., was participating in a tandem jump near Sterling, about 40 miles south of Cleveland, officials said.
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August 9, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Lake Forest man died Sunday night, hours after his parachute collapsed during a paragliding jump at Andy Jackson Airpark, officials said Monday. Mario DeLuca, 42, was estimated to be 150 to 200 feet above the ground when his parachute failed. He died during surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center, officials said.
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August 9, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Lake Forest man died Sunday night, hours after his parachute collapsed during a paragliding jump at Andy Jackson Airpark, officials said Monday. Mario DeLuca, 42, was estimated to be 150 to 200 feet above the ground when his parachute failed. He died during surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center, officials said.
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July 13, 1987
Sky diving accidents in Texas and Illinois killed three parachutists, including a man and a woman doing a double jump and a man videotaping another sky diver. Delores Dutryn, 31, of Chicago and Bud O'Connor, 43, of Gurnee, Ill., were killed when they plunged into a backyard in Somonauk, Ill., authorities said. A sky diver who jumped after them had struck their parachute, apparently collapsing it, officials said. In Seagoville, Tex.
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May 2, 1988
Two members of a sky-diving team plunged to their deaths when the single parachute they used failed to open, Riverside County authorities reported. The parachutists were Terry Dean, 33, of San Diego, and David James Wilds, 37, of Simi Valley, said Stephanie Albright, a county coroner's investigator. The men were strapped to each other for the practice jump from a plane flying at between 12,000 and 13,000 feet over Perris Valley Airport, she said.
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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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June 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Juergen Moellemann, a German opposition politician tainted by allegations of anti-Semitism, plunged to his death while skydiving, after prosecutors raided his home to probe charges of fraud and tax evasion. The former Cabinet minister and deputy chancellor, 57, died near the town of Marl. Witness accounts fueled speculation about a possible suicide. "He let go the main parachute and ... didn't pull the emergency parachute," one man said.
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March 15, 2001 | ALLISON COHEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On May 24, 1997, physical fitness trainer Jeremy Newman was injured while skydiving, not because his parachute would not open but because of his ego. The jump--which originated at 13,000 feet over Lake Elsinore--should have been like the 30 or so others Newman had experienced in the few months since he had taken up the sport. But when a more experienced diver was able to fall faster than Newman--an intense competitor and multi-sport athlete--it got the best of him.
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July 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A man fell 1,000 feet to his death after his parachute failed to open during a base jump from a mountain, authorities said. The name of the man, who was 33, was not immediately released. The victim was one of three men jumping from the north face of Baring Mountain, about 30 miles northeast of Seattle, said Jan Jorgensen, a sheriff's spokeswoman. The other two jumpers parachuted safely.
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July 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A man fell 1,000 feet to his death after his parachute failed to open during a base jump from a mountain, authorities said. The name of the man, who was 33, was not immediately released. The victim was one of three men jumping from the north face of Baring Mountain, about 30 miles northeast of Seattle, said Jan Jorgensen, a sheriff's spokeswoman. The other two jumpers parachuted safely.
WORLD
June 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Juergen Moellemann, a German opposition politician tainted by allegations of anti-Semitism, plunged to his death while skydiving, after prosecutors raided his home to probe charges of fraud and tax evasion. The former Cabinet minister and deputy chancellor, 57, died near the town of Marl. Witness accounts fueled speculation about a possible suicide. "He let go the main parachute and ... didn't pull the emergency parachute," one man said.
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March 15, 2001 | ALLISON COHEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On May 24, 1997, physical fitness trainer Jeremy Newman was injured while skydiving, not because his parachute would not open but because of his ego. The jump--which originated at 13,000 feet over Lake Elsinore--should have been like the 30 or so others Newman had experienced in the few months since he had taken up the sport. But when a more experienced diver was able to fall faster than Newman--an intense competitor and multi-sport athlete--it got the best of him.
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December 29, 1997 | BARBARA THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeremy Newman loved the free-fall rush of a skydive, the vivid combination of risk, wind and sunshine. The desert below was so different from his native New York. He had come almost every weekend since February, sometimes doing 15 jumps a day. The personal trainer had one of those bodies that never fails its owner. This time, however, his parachute did. A desert dust devil came up behind him and destroyed his parachute. With that, Jeremy Newman dropped to the earth, falling 1,200 feet.
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January 2, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Japanese tourist was killed and another tourist injured when their parachutes tangled as they were sky-diving over the desert, officials said. Seiji Watanabe, 24, of Chiba was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center in Lancaster, where he was flown by helicopter after the New Year's Eve accident at the popular sky-diving area, officials said.
NEWS
May 2, 1988
Two members of a sky-diving team plunged to their deaths when the single parachute they used failed to open, Riverside County authorities reported. The parachutists were Terry Dean, 33, of San Diego, and David James Wilds, 37, of Simi Valley, said Stephanie Albright, a county coroner's investigator. The men were strapped to each other for the practice jump from a plane flying at between 12,000 and 13,000 feet over Perris Valley Airport, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Japanese tourist was killed and another tourist injured when their parachutes tangled as they were sky-diving over the desert, officials said. Seiji Watanabe, 24, of Chiba was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center in Lancaster, where he was flown by helicopter after the New Year's Eve accident at the popular sky-diving area, officials said.
NEWS
July 13, 1987
Sky diving accidents in Texas and Illinois killed three parachutists, including a man and a woman doing a double jump and a man videotaping another sky diver. Delores Dutryn, 31, of Chicago and Bud O'Connor, 43, of Gurnee, Ill., were killed when they plunged into a backyard in Somonauk, Ill., authorities said. A sky diver who jumped after them had struck their parachute, apparently collapsing it, officials said. In Seagoville, Tex.
NEWS
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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