Young Woman Killed In Tragic Tandem Skydiving Accident — While The Instructor Survived

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This is horrifying.

A skydiving accident in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend left a 26-year-old woman dead and her 40-year-old skydiving instructor severely injured.

The tragedy is being blamed on “last-second turbulence” which apparently caused Geriann Henderson and instructor Todd Dimauro to hit the ground during an otherwise routine tandem jump at Skydive Phoenix.

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Henderson, who was jumping in Arizona but lived in Teller County, Colorado, was pronounced dead at the scene. Dimauro broke several bones, including both of his legs, in the accident but is expected to survive.

In a bizarre twist, apparently the pair’s main parachute failed to deploy on the way down, but Dimauro was able to successfully release both of their reserve chutes; had the last minute turbulence not whipped up as they were coming to the ground, it appears the pair would have survived uninjured.

That story was confirmed by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu:

“It looks like all of the safety measures were in place. Witnesses reported that both parachutes deployed, but something went terribly wrong just before hitting the ground.”

Ugh. So sad.

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Here’s more information (below) via NBC News:

Our thoughts are with Henderson’s family and friends during this very difficult time.

[Image via NBC News.]

Nov 23, 2015 6:27pm PDT

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