Posted: Dec 19, 2010 11:32 AM by AP
Updated: Dec 19, 2010 11:40 AM
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - An airport official in Longmont says an experienced skydiver was critically injured after hitting the ground while practicing swooping maneuvers.
Vance Brand Municipal Airport manager Tim Barth says the 38-year-old Englewood woman was injured Saturday. Her name wasn't released, but Barth described her as a Denver-area attorney.
In swooping, skydivers glide horizontally above the ground in low-altitude parachute maneuvers before hitting a designated spot.
Barth says the skydiver was making what was planned to be her third and final practice jump Saturday when she apparently failed to complete a turn. He says she was about 200 feet above the ground at the time. He says the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
Officials from Denver Health Medical Center say that the injured skydiver succomed to her injuries Sunday morning.
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