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UK skydiver dies after plunging onto parked car

Posted September 11

— British police say a skydiver has been killed when her parachute failed to open fully and she plummeted onto a parked car in a residential cul-de-sac.

The woman landed in a street near an airfield at Shotton Colliery, 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of London, on Saturday afternoon. She was flown to a hospital by air ambulance, but was later pronounced dead.

Police say the victim, who has not been named, was a 49-year-old woman from Hebburn in northern England. They said she had made previous skydives in other countries, but this was her first jump in Britain.

Police, the Health and Safety Executive and the British Parachuting Association will investigate the cause of the accident.

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