Police Investigating Spate of Fatal Skydiving Accidents in Virginia

November 6, 2008

Police are investigating a second fatal skydiving accident at the same airport in Virginia in less than two months.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Les Tyler says 40-year-old April Haag was injured in a jump at the Orange County Airport Saturday and died a day later.

Tyler says Haag was tandem jumping with 44-year-old Douglas Zelbey and they had “a hard landing.” He would not elaborate.

A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday that Zelbey is in fair condition.

On Sept. 23, a man died a day after he collided with another skydiver during a jump at the airport about 70 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.

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