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Skydiving teacher dies after tandem jump with student

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Aug. 5, 2013 at 9:23 PM   |   Comments

Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A skydiving instructor from Pensacola, Fla., died in Mississippi on Saturday after his tandem jump with a student when horribly wrong.

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said James Horak Jr.'s body was found a mile from the airport where Horak and his student were supposed to land. While it appeared that the 56-year-old Horak died on impact, his student was taken to a nearby hospital for broken bones and critical head injuries.

Horak's fellow jumpers said they noticed that his equipment had started to malfunction after they leapt out of the plane.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said the agency would inspect the equipment to see if it complied with federal regulations.

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