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Apr 3, 2014 4:49 PM

Skydiver Killed in Attempt to Break World Record

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities have identified the victim of an Arizona skydiving accident that occurred during an attempt at setting a world record.

Sgt. Brian Jerome with the Eloy Police Department identified the victim as Diana Paris, 46, from Berlin, Germany. Her husband told police she had completed 1,500 jumps in her skydiving career.

Skydive Arizona was hosting a world team event where a group of 220 people from a dozen countries fall 18,000 feet then come together in a formation before separating and doing another formation.

The organizer blamed the accident on a malfunctioning parachute that was released too low to the ground to allow a reserve parachute to fully open. The skydiver was declared dead at the scene.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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