Skydiving Instructor Dies While Attempting Swooping Maneuver

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Sean Carey, a 35-year-old skydiving instructor, died last week while conducting a maneuver known as swooping at Perris Valley Skydiving.

Swooping is a type of skydiving where the jumper sways from side to side mere feet above the ground while maintaining speeds as high as 60 miles-per-hour. Several accidents like this have resulted in fatalities involving highly experienced instructors “attempting advanced maneuvers with high-performance equipment.” One such accident occurred at Perris Valley in December of 2011, and resulted in the suspension of swooping until new safety guidelines were put in place.

Perris Valley has been plagued by deadly skydiving accidents in the past two years.

Information Source: LA Times, 22 Feb 2012.