Acampo CA Skydiving Accident: Woman separates from parachute; killed

06/18/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Stockton, CA—A skydiver was tragically killed when she became separated from her harness and parachute during a jump. The woman was found on Thursday, June 17, 2010 in a vineyard in Acampo, as reported by AZ Central.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department reported, the woman was skydiving with 20 other people who were skydiving that day, when she made that fatal jump at 9:30 a.m.

Somehow the woman became separated from her parachute harness. Rescue teams searched the vineyards between Peltier Road and Jahant Road near Highway 99, about 2 miles southwest of the Parachute Center in hopes of finding the woman. At about 11 a.m., officials found the woman and her unopened parachute and harness about 100 yards away. The cord of the parachute was not pulled. Officials believe she became separated from her life-saving equipment during the jump.

Authorities have yet to release the identity of the woman, due to the family notification process. But she is believed to be 30’s and a visitor from Belgium.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the accident. The FAA revealed “neither the equipment nor operator were at fault.” Suicide has not been ruled out.

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