Skydiver dies in UK crash after parachute fails to open

Victim (49) hit a hatchback in a cul-de-sac close to the airfield


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A skydiver has died in England after her parachute failed to open during a jump and she landed on a parked car.

Witnesses said the 49-year-old was "spinning like a top" before she crashed at about 3.45pm yesterday in Shotton Colliery, Durham.

The victim had made parachute jumps before but not in the UK, and was using her own equipment.

She hit a hatchback in a cul-de-sac close to the airfield, and residents performed CPR before paramedics arrived.

The woman, from Hebburn in South Tyneside, was flown by air ambulance to James Cook University Hospital but died from her serious injuries.

A postmortem will be carried out and Durham Police have launched an investigation in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive and the British Parachute Association.

The skydiving centre where the fatal jump began will remain closed today.

Ian Rosenvinge, the centre's manager, told the Newcastle Chronicle that the canopy on the woman's parachute had started to rotate, which resulted in her descent being much faster than usual.