Experienced Sky Diver Killed in Mid-Air Collision

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Los Angeles Times (California)

Two men were killed as the result of a mid-air collision while sky diving in Perris, California on March 31.  The collision apparently rendered the men unable to deploy their parachutes and they both fell to their deaths.  One of the decedents is a veteran sky diver with over 17,000 jumps to his name.

Should this case proceed to litigation, it would appear to be ripe for the application of the defense of primary assumption of the risk, especially as to the instructor, whom had extensive sky diving experience and undoubtedly voluntarily assumed the risks inherent in sky diving, the most obvious of which is injury or death due to this sort of incident.

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