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Woman Killed in Skydiving Accident

Woman Killed in Skydiving Accident

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(KSL News) A 30-year old Wyoming woman died in a skydiving accident in Ogden Saturday afternoon.

It happened just after three o'clock at the Ogden Airport.

Police identified her as Julia Bond of Evanston. Her instructor, Jon Vancleave of Roy, also was injured in the tandem skydive accident.

Witnesses say the woman was jumping in tandem with an instructor when they strayed near a building, then fell about 20 feet to the pavement.

Batt. Chief Steve Splinter, Ogden Fire Dept.: "There's some conflicting reports whether they clipped the building or whether they just came across the building, hit a gust of wind, and their chute collapsed. The accident will be investigated by the FAA."

It was the woman's first dive.

She was flown by medical helicopter to McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden with severe head trauma and chest injuries, and was pronounced dead about an hour after the accident.

The instructor was in stable but serious condition at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. He suffered head trauma and multiple fractures.

Some members of the woman's family witnessed the accident, making it "particularly tragic," Splinter said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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