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Authorities ID student killed while skydiving

Posted at 6:52 AM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-23 08:52:39-05
MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities have identified a skydiving student who was killed in a tandem jump in Arizona.
 
Pinal County Sheriff's spokesman Mark Clark confirmed Sunday that 26-year-old Jeriann Henderson, of Colorado, suffered fatal injuries after a malfunction or failure led to a hard-impact landing during a jump in Maricopa.
 
Clark says the instructor, 40-year-old Todd Dimauro, sustained two broken legs in the Saturday incident but will survive.
 
Dimauro works for Skydive Phoenix, which operates a drop zone for skydivers about 34 miles south of Phoenix.
 
In a post on their Facebook page, Skydive Phoenix officials say Henderson was conducting her second jump for their Accelerated Skydiving Program and the main parachute did not deploy.
 
They say a reserve parachute was used but turbulence turned it into the ground at the last moment.