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Correction: Skydiving Death story


MARICOPA, Arizona — In a story Nov. 22 about a skydiving death, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, incorrectly spelled the first name of the victim. Her name is Geriann Henderson, not Jeriann Henderson.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Authorities ID student killed in Arizona skydiving accident

Authorities identify student killed in tandem skydiving jump with instructor

MARICOPA, Arizona — Authorities have identified a skydiving student who was killed in a tandem jump in Arizona.

Pinal County Sheriff's spokesman Mark Clark confirmed Sunday that 26-year-old Geriann Henderson, of Florissant, Colorado, suffered fatal injuries after a malfunction or failure led to a hard-impact landing during a jump in Maricopa.

Clark says the instructor, 40-year-old Todd Dimauro, sustained two broken legs in the Saturday incident but will survive.

Dimauro works for Skydive Phoenix, which operates a drop zone for skydivers about 34 miles south of Phoenix.

In a post on their Facebook page, Skydive Phoenix officials say Henderson was conducting her second jump for their Accelerated Skydiving Program and the main parachute did not deploy.

They say a reserve parachute was used but turbulence turned it into the ground at the last moment.

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