Our hearts go out to WorldTeam here in Eloy, Arizona (not far from our office) over yesterday’s tragedy.
Experienced skydiver Diana Paris (who had jumped some 1500 times) died yesterday at approximately 7:30am(MST) in Eloy, Arizona, during an attempt by World Team and some 220+ skydivers from approximately 30 nations to break a world record.
Our hearts go out to her husband, her family, and to WorldTeam who also honored her on their blog.
This has been a terrible reminder not long after two other experienced skydivers died in a midair collision, also in Eloy on 03 December, 2013. The midair crash caused both their chutes to collapse while trying to break the same world record.
And on 21 February, 2014, another skydiver was killed after striking the door while exiting the jump aircraft at about 10,000 feet.
Skydive Arizona blamed the current accident on a malfunctioning parachute that was released too low to the ground.
“It had nothing to do with the size of the group or the aircraft,” World Team spokeswoman Gulcin Gilbert said. “It was a malfunction of the parachute.”
This has been a bleak season for air sports and the passion we all share.
Skydive Arizona in Eloy, is only about 49 miles away from us and is one of the nation’s top places for skydiving. It’s a choice spot because of our climate and open terrain. Most days it’s clear and sunny with perfect visibility.
Skydive Arizona has the largest fleet in the world for skydivers with 12 planes, and the world’s largest drop zone.