Student, Instructor Killed in Nevada Skydiving Accident
10/10/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley
Mesquite, NV — A skydiving accident left two people dead when their parachute failed to deploy during a jump on Sunday, October 9, 2011. The fatal accident occurred during a Skydive Mesquite tandem jump around noon at the Mesquite Municipal Airport, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Officials have identified the victims as James Fonnesbeck, 80, who is a Weston, Idaho skydiving instructor, and Claudette Porter, 75, of North Las Vegas.
Preliminary investigations by Mesquite police revealed that the main chute did not open during the jump. The backup chute did deploy, but became tangled and only slowed their fall a little bit.
Fonnesbeck is reportedly an experienced instructor with 11,000 successful jumps and nearly three years of experience.
Investigations into the skydiving accident are underway. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will also be conducting an inquiry into the deaths.
Skydiving jumps have been suspended at Skydive Mesquite while investigations are ongoing.
The other tandem groups who jumped with the victims did land safely.
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