Skydiver dies in accident at Osage City Saturday

OSAGE CITY – An experienced skydiver died Saturday after a weekend jump, Jen Sharp, Skydive Kansas owner, said in a news release.

About 4:30 p.m., two licensed jumpers, who have freedom to plan skydiving trips at their leisure, leapt out of a plane above the Osage City Municipal Airport, Sharp said.

Shortly after opening their parachutes, the two collided under canopy and entangled. She said the jumper who survived was able to cut the tangle in order to open his reserve parachute and land without injury.

Sharp, who lives in Ottawa, said she has been jumping for 25 years and owned skydiving businesses for 20 years. Saturday’s incident marks the first fatality during that time, she said.

“The deceased was a friend and long time jumper at Skydive Kansas, and our hearts go out to his family,” Sharp said in her message.

The victim’s name has not been released as family are being notified. The Kansas Highway Patrol and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.

Story by Amelia Arvesen, Ottawa Herald staff writer. Reprinted with permission of Ottawa Herald.


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