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Experienced skydiver dies in daring 'swoop' - even though his parachute opened normally

Posted on 5:37 AM by Sameer Shah

An experienced skydiver was killed after landing awkwardly and hitting his head following a 12,500ft parachute jump, police said today.

Freefall photographer Sam Bailey, 30, died in hospital yesterday after the jump at Langar Airfield, south-east of Nottingham, at around 2pm.

Police said he was a Class C skydiver who had previously completed close to 1,000 parachute jumps.








Mr Bailey, who lived near Grantham, was completing his third parachute jump of the day when the accident happened.

Fellow instructor Dave Hickling said: 'His parachute deployed but he made a late turn and hit hard.'

A spokeswoman for Nottinghamshire Police said: 'He was an experienced skydiver certificated to Class C which confirms he had completed in excess of 200 jumps.

'It is believed he had actually done closer to 1,000 jumps.'

She added: 'He had descended from 12,500ft in the normal manner with full parachute deployment and no problems.

'But as he came in to land, he appeared to be going too fast and landed awkwardly, striking his head as he came to rest.'





Mr Bailey was airlifted to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he later died.

Police said his parachute had been fully examined following the incident and was found to be 'in good working order with no defects or faults'.

A spokesman for British Parachute Schools, based at Langar Airfield, confirmed that Mr Bailey was jumping with BPS but that he could not comment further.

The British Parachute Association has launched an investigation into the incident.

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