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Adventure Skydive Center releases statement regarding jumper fatality

Monday, February 20, 2023 - Adventure Skydive Center in Sallisaw has released the following statement regarding the tragic death of Heather Glasgow on Saturday. Glasgow was attempting her first solo jump at the time of the incident.

On Saturday, February 18th, at approximately 2:45 pm CST, a 44-yearold woman, Heather Glasgow, had a skydiving accident at Adventure Skydive Center. The injuries sustained from the jump led to her passing at Northeastern Health System Sequoyah later that evening. The skydiver was making her first solo jump. The early stages of her skydive were reported as normal, having had a routine parachute deployment without incident. The parachute appeared to be fully functioning and operational as Glasgow executed the parachute maneuvers as instructed during her training. After a short time, witnesses observed her parachute beginning to turn without any corrective action. The jumper landed hard, causing life-threatening injuries. At this time, Adventure Skydive Center personnel are cooperating with local authorities and the FAA to determine the cause of the accident. The management and staff of Adventure Skydive Center are in shock by this accident, and we express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Heather. Heather had made a tandem skydive six weeks before her solo jump, and we had come to know her as an eager and energetic, well-liked person. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and mourn her passing. Adventure Skydive Center

According to data from the United States Parachute Association, there were just .28 fatalities per 100,000 jumps in 2021. That's roughly one fatality for every 400,000 jumps - or ten fatalities total, out of the year's 3.57 million jumps.

KXMX Staff Writer

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