62-year-old Dillon woman dies skydiving in California
A woman from Dillon died Sunday when her parachute failed to open as she was skydiving with her husband outside Sacramento, California, according to news reports.
The woman has been identified as 62-year-old Nena Lowry Mason, according to the local TV news channel FOX40, which cited the San Joaquin Coroner’s Office as its source.
Bill Dause, owner of Lodi Parachute Center, told the TV station Mason died as a result of a malfunction of her main parachute. She was said to be a veteran diver and using her own equipment on Sunday.
Apparently, the Lodi Parachute Center, where Mason was skydiving, has seen at least 15 jumpers die from 1999 to 2017, and CBS Sacramento is reporting that Sunday’s failed jump was the fifth parachuting death at the center in just the last three years.
Federal agents and local authorities raided the center in January, according to CBS, but the results of that raid have not been announced. According to the Associated Press, Mason is the 12th skydiving death in the U.S. this year.
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