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Sky diver dies in crash landing into Central California vineyard

April 6, 2012 |  1:48 pm

 A sky diver died Thursday in Central California after what appears to be a parachute malfunction.

The man, believed to be in his 70s, was reportedly an experienced sky diver who made several jumps a month. He landed in a vineyard off Jahant Road in Acampo, about 18 miles north of Stockton.

"His parachute evidently opened incorrectly and he wasn't able to release it, and he landed underneath a spinning parachute," said Bill Dause, the owner of Parachute Center in Acampo.

The man had what's usually referred to as a "hard open," and the malfunction is believed to have knocked him unconscious.

"You're going 120 miles an hour and if you get an instantaneous opening, then you are going from 120 to zero. It's similar to running into a brick wall at, say, 100 miles an hour," said Dause.

Investigators from San Joaquin County and the FAA will look into the incident, but said it appears to be accidental.


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-- Fox 40 Sacramento