Parachute collapses 10 meters above ground, 65-year-old woman dies during introductory jump

Parachute collapses 10 meters above ground, 65-year-old woman dies during introductory jump
Parachute collapses 10 meters above ground, 65-year-old woman dies during introductory jump

What happened on Sunday, July 7, 2024 in Diest, a city in Flemish Brabant, Belgium? A 65-year-old woman died after a tandem parachute jump.

The accident happened around 3:20 p.m. “A few meters from the ground, the parachute collapsed, causing a hard landing”reports the mayor of Diest, Christophe De Graef.

The instructor out of danger

Seriously injured, the sixty-year-old could not be resuscitated and died on the spot. “The instructor, a very experienced young man, was taken to hospital with serious injuries”the mayor of Diest also said. The man, aged 30, is an instructor for the Skydive Flanders club – DZ Schaffen. His life is no longer in danger.

Strong wind

The local police and the Leuven prosecutor’s office have opened an investigation to try to understand the reasons for the tragedy.

Ellen Durie, spokeswoman for the Leuven public prosecutor’s office, reported: “strong gusts of wind” which caused the parachute to collapse “ten meters from the ground.” The parachute was seized by investigators, who are looking for a possible technical defect but are ruling out any malicious act.

At the end of April, two Dutch army paratroopers were injured during a training jump in the Diest sector.

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