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Experienced skydiver, Va woman, 68, dies in Chester county jump

Experienced skydiver dies after hard landing in Chester County

A 68-year-old woman died after her parachute malfunctioned while skydiving at Chester County's airport.
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A 68-year-old woman died after her parachute malfunctioned while skydiving at Chester County's airport.

A skydiver died after a "hard landing incident" at Chester County's airport Thursday, officials said.

Coroner officials are on the scene and coroner office staff confirmed one person is deceased.

The skydiver, a client of Skydive Carolina, was a 68 year-old woman from Williamsburg, Va., who had done “thousands of jumps before” said Terry Tinker Chester, county coroner. Tinker said the woman’s husband had been notified and told Tinker the woman lived for skydiving.

The incident happened around 4 p.m. on airport property, said Eddie Murphy, Chester County Emergency Management Director. Fire, police, coroner, and emergency management staff responded, Murphy said.

Tinker said the apparent accident occurred after the woman's main chute opened and she went into a spin, dying from blunt force trauma after hitting the ground.

"This is a case of diver error, or you could call it human error, in the part of the skydiver," Tinker said.

The fatal jump was made during an annual event called CarolinaFest, according to a statement from Skydive Carolina Thursday evening.

"The skydiver successfully deployed their main parachute, but experienced a malfunction," the statement says. "Details of the events that led to the fatal injuries are unclear and are currently under investigation."

The airport is near Lowrys in northwestern Chester County, about 25 miles southwest of Rock Hill.

Skydive Carolina operates a business at the airport, Murphy said.

Check back for updates.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065, @AndrewDysHerald
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