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  • 4 April 2014, 11:10

Skydiver Dies During Daring Record Attempt

A German skydiver has died during an attempt to set a world record by having more than 220 people freefall from an plane in formation.

Diana Paris's body was found between a half-mile and mile from the drop zone in theArizona desert. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 46-year-old, from Berlin, had completed 1,500 jumps in her skydiving career, her husband said.

Skydive Arizonablamed the accident on a malfunctioning parachute that was released too low to the ground to allow a reserve parachute to fully open.

"The malfunctioning parachute was released too low to allow the reserve parachute to fully open," said Jocelyn Bernatchez, a spokeswoman for Skydive Arizona,the facility in Eloy where the event took place.

Ms Bernatchez said the plane involved had been functioning properly, and that weather conditions in Eloy were good at the time.

The accident happened during an attempt to break a world record for what is called a "formation jump".

The group of 222 veteran skydivers from 28 countries planned to freefall from about 18,000ft (5,486 metres), come together in a formation before separating and doing another formation, then pull their parachutes.

The group did not complete the formation and therefore did not set the record.

The previous record, involving 110 skydivers, was set last year in Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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