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Skydiving Record Cost Russian Parachutist Her Life
3.10.2012 15:56
Skydiving Record Cost Russian Parachutist Her Life

A Russian skydiver Irina Sinitsyna died from injuries after an attempt to set a world record jump in California. Sinitsyna, a skydiving world champion, broke several cervical vertebrae in a joint jump on September 23. 

      She was a member of a 100-strong team attempting to break formation skydiving records while wearing bat-like wing suits that enabled them to fly forward while falling. During the jump Sinitsyna collided with another diver in mid-air, got entangled in the parachute straps and failed to open her reserve chute.

      After the fall she was immediately transported back to Russia on Friday in an Emergencies Ministry plane in critical condition, but medics didn't give any guarantees for her survival due to the nature of the injuries.

      After ten days in the hospital Irina Sinitsyna has passed away. She was one of the leading and the most experienced skydivers in Russia. On July, Russian female skydivers of the Zhemchuzhina Rossii team set a world record for eighty-eight people linked together in a single flying arrangement, under Irina Sinitsyna's direction.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian sport Russian sportswomen obituary Russian skydivers  

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