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Apr 2, 2012 12:43 AM by Jacqui Heinrich

Skydiving jump gone wrong leaves 1 dead, 1 in critical condition

One man was killed and another badly injured after a skydiving jump gone wrong. They plunged into a field north of the Fremont County Airport, just east of Canon City.

The crash occurred just after 9:00 AM; the two men took the deadly dive from about 8,000 feet. Despite the instructor's experience- he had taken more than 600 solo jumps and 50 tandem jumps in the past- both the main and reserve parachutes opened, tangling the cords and leaving the men in a nosedive to the ground.Jason Bulle, a local pilot and skydiver, witnessed the entire event after landing his own parachute. "The parachute started spinning faster and spiraling, and they started going down faster. I thought oh man that looks really bad," he told News 5 today.

It was the first time the 35 year old student jumper from Crested Butte had ever tried skydiving, and it proved to be his last. The 28 year old instructor from Fountain remains in critical condition at Penrose Hospital after being airlifted for medical treatment.

 

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