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1 killed, 2 hurt in Wisconsin skydiving accidents

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - One person died and two others were injured in separate weekend skydiving accidents in southern Wisconsin.

Racine County sheriff's officials said a Racine man died Sunday afternoon at Sylvania Airport in Sturtevant.

Sheriff's Lt. Steve Sikora said preliminary investigations indicate the victim's parachute became entangled with another skydiver's canopy. Fredrick Platt Jr., 44, died at the scene, sheriff's officials said. The other skydiver, Neil Kulman, 27, sustained minor injuries after landing in some trees.

Both of the men were skydiving through Skydive Midwest, located next to the airport, about 30 miles south of Milwaukee.

Sikora said the investigation is ongoing.

In another incident, a female skydiver was injured Sunday when she landed in a cornfield about a mile from her intended landing area at the Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport in Jefferson County. She was taken by air to University Hospital in Madison.

Jefferson Fire Chief Ron Wegner said the woman was an experienced skydiver in her mid-30s. He told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel it appeared she came up short of the airport where she intended to land and there was no indication anything was wrong with her parachute. She was taken to the hospital as a precaution but appeared to be OK.

She was alert and talking and joking with rescuers when they arrived, Wegner said.

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buhroto July 21 2014 at 2:07 PM

You are simply not supposed to Skydive while wearing your silly cheesehead hat. Howcome nobody is blaming the cheese?

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Sonja July 21 2014 at 3:03 PM

sounds a little fishy to me, one landed in the tree and survived, the other died, tamgled up in the other guys parashute?
ps. how in the hell didt the flohe so close to one another?
unless , the guy in the tree went right behind him.
since Idont know much aboutthe relationship with oneanother, friends or co-workers/
this is almost as bad and deadly as the plaincrash in russia Malesia, falling fatal out of the sky.
sad storie. RIP.
sincerly Sonja wolff

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ram4131 Sonja July 21 2014 at 3:08 PM

Let me guess....Valium?

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Joe Sonja July 21 2014 at 4:37 PM

Canopy formations are regularly made by skydivers. They intentionally dock on each others parachutes. I am not saying that IS what happened, as I was not there, but that answers the guy who can not spell either. You can call me a troll later. Nothing fishy here.

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ashumate3 July 22 2014 at 7:28 AM

It's like this, when I was in the Army they paid me extra money to jump out of an airplane. Some year after the Army there was a Skydiving Loft near where I lived and they wanted me to pay money to jump out of an airplane. There is something wrong with this picture.

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