Skydiving instructor dies after parachute fails to open in Waller County

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One of two people injured in a skydiving accident in Waller County on Saturday has died, according to the company that operated the flight.

The jump involved a tandem dive on Saturday afternoon with an instructor and a female student, who collided with the ground at high speed after their main and reserve falls failed. The instructor later died, according to Skydive Houston.

He has not been publicly identified.

The student has serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to the company.

“Skydive Houston, along with the greater skydiving community as a whole, is deeply saddened by the loss of our tandem instructor and friend,” the company said in a statement. “Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. We continue to pray for a full recovery for the injured tandem student.

Skydive Houston’s jump operations have been suspended as local law enforcement and the Federal Aviation Administration investigate the fall.

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