Friday 8 May 2015

Man arrested over attempted murder after woman plunges 4,000ft when parachute 'with missing pieces' fails to open

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman's parachute failed to open sending her plunging to the ground from 4,000ft.
The victim, 39, suffered multiple serious injuries including broken bones, but incredibly survived and has been discharged from hospital, police said.
The incident happened at Netheravon Airfield , Wiltshire, last month.

The woman, described as an experienced parachutist, was taking part in a 'routine' jump from 4,000ft when her main chute failed to open.
She then pulled her reserve chute but this also failed and only partially opened.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and the woman was taken to Southampton Hospital on April 5.

Today Wiltshire Police confirmed they have launched an investigation and arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder.
Detectives are looking for missing 'slinks' which may have been removed from the woman's chute and discarded somewhere.
A spokesman said: "At approximately 4.30pm at Netheravon Airfield in Netheravon, when on a routine 4,000ft jump, a woman's parachute and reserve chute failed to deploy correctly.
"The woman, aged 39, who is an experienced parachutist, plunged to the ground after her main parachute failed to deploy.
"She then deployed her reserve parachute which also failed, deploying only partially. She sustained multiple serious injuries and was taken to Southampton Hospital."
"She has since been discharged from hospital and remains in a stable condition with multiple fractures throughout her body."

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