Urals Parachute Accident Probed

A criminal case has been opened into the death of two parachute jumpers in Russia’s Perm Territory, investigating authorities said on Wednesday.

Two people were killed in a tandem jump, in the town of Berezniki on Sunday, when both the main and reserve parachutes failed to open.

Ildar Salakhiyev, department head at the Urals Investigations Directorate, said there were two main theories for the accident, one being a manufacturing defect and the other that the parachutes were improperly packed.

Investigators have already dismissed the possibility that the tandem collided with another jumper or airplane in mid-air, after video footage showed there was no collision.

Only a special examination will determine the cause of the accident, Salakhiyev said.


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