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General view of the entrance to Sibson Aerodrome, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
General view of the entrance to Sibson Aerodrome, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Image: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Man killed in skydiving collision

A second man has been hospitalised with serious injuries.
Sep 23rd 2012, 2:09 PM 12,032 5

A 53-YEAR-OLD man has died following a freak skydiving accident in Cambridgeshire, England.

The jumper died after colliding with another skydiver near Peterborough yesterday afternoon. The first victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second man – who is in his late 20s – was brought to Addenbrook’s Hospital. He suffered both spine and leg injuries. His condition has been described as serious but stable.

The East of England Ambulance Service and Magpas air ambulance were deployed to Sibson Aerodrome at about 3.30pm. A spokeswoman said, “All emergency crews worked very hard together to try to save the life of one of the men involved but despite the best efforts of crews he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.”

She wished the second casualty a “good recovery” and offered her condolences to the family of the deceased.

Cambridgeshire Police also attended the incident but all inquiries are now being led by the British Parachute Association.

The victim, who is understood to be from London, collided with another skydiver about 50 feet above the ground, collapsing their parachutes, according to local media.

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