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Skydivers injured in midair collision

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published February 14, 2007


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TITUSVILLE - A skydiver broke his leg in three places and another jumper suffered an ankle injury when the two collided during a jump, authorities said.

Jason Perrone, a certified skydiver, and an unidentified woman crashed into each other during jumps over Skydive Space Center at Arthur Dunn Airport on Sunday, Scott Gaenicke with the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department said.

The woman was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center with an ankle injury, Gaenicke said. Her condition was not known.

Perrone, 24, was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, where he remained hospitalized Monday, according to his father, Ralph Perrone.

Jason Perrone told his father that after he jumped, he looked up and did not see anyone above him, so he deployed his parachute. Seemingly out of nowhere, a woman flew into him at 120 miles an hour, Perrone recalled.

His helmet-mounted camera captured the jump, which officials at the Skydive Space Center are reviewing.

This was Perrone's only accident in 105 jumps, his father said.

"And if I have anything to say about it, it'll be his last (jump)," Ralph Perrone said.

[Last modified February 14, 2007, 00:35:06]


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