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Skydiver Killed After Crash-Landing On Car

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A skydiver has died after her parachute failed to open during a jump and she landed on a parked car, reported Sky News.

Witnesses said the 49-year-old was "spinning like a top" before she crashed at about 3.45pm on Saturday in Shotton Colliery, Co Durham.

The victim had made parachute jumps before but not in the UK, and was using her own equipment.

She hit a hatchback in a cul-de-sac close to the airfield, and residents performed CPR before paramedics arrived.

The woman, from Hebburn in South Tyneside, was flown by air ambulance to James Cook University Hospital but died from her serious injuries.

A post-mortem will be carried out and Durham Police have launched an investigation in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive and the British Parachute Association.

The skydiving centre where the fatal jump began will remain closed today.


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