Teen Killed in Tragic Skydiving Accident in Georgia (GA)
GEORGIA- Cnn.com writes that a teen who recently graduated from high school died in a tragic skydiving accident in Georgia this week. The eighteen-year-old was on her first jump when the parachute failed. The girl’s family watched as she fell from the sky, but at the time, they did not know that it was her. The victim was on a tandem jump with an experienced instructor, who also died in in the incident.*
Reporters spoke to the victim’s father, who stated that the girl’s parents and siblings were waiting to speak to her after she landed only to witness the horrific crash. The instructor was identified as a 35-year-old man from Warner Robins. He also died at the scene.The investigator stated that the primary parachute did not open correctly and that the pair began to spin. While the emergency parachute did deploy, it only did so very late, and it did not completely open. The instructor worked for Skydive Atlanta, a company located around 60 miles to the south of Atlanta. Overall, skydiving deaths are uncommon. Tandem jumps are even less likely to involve accidents.
The family is now mourning the loss of the teen, who never had the opportunity to celebrate her graduation. The school’s graduation ceremony was postponed because of the pandemic, and she would have walked across the stage at the end of this month. The family says that the girl was planning to attend the University of North Georgia in the fall, and wanted to be an English teacher.
On the day of the jump, the teen was going with her grandmother, who was the first one out of the plane. After landing, the 60-year-old first-time skydiver wanted to find her granddaughter to swap stories. Instead, the family is now planning the young woman’s funeral.
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