Female RAF parachute instructor died after his cap did not open during a training jump.
The Female RAF parachute fell and died at Weston-on-the-Green Airport in Oxfordshire.
An investigation into her death has been opened, led by the British Skydiving Association.
Sources said there may be problems with the automatic activation device (AAD), which is designed to ensure that a parachute opens as soon as the jumper reaches a low altitude.
Female RAF parachute instructor is killed in training accident
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Unconfirmed reports suggest that the woman, believed to be 30, jumped alongside tandem skydivers, a novice skydiver who was part of an instructor, and her descent may have been recorded on camera.
The investigation includes examining the instructor’s equipment that was recovered at the crime scene and interviews with those who jumped with him. Also decisive are all the recordings that the camera can retrieve.
Thursday’s tragedy is believed to have occurred during an adventurous training mission rather than a military exercise, and the victim and others jumped from a plane at an altitude of over 12,000 feet.
A source close to RAF Weston-on-the-Green said: “Sometimes paratroopers rely on an AAD to alert them when they have reached a pre-selected altitude to deploy their parachute.
The airport is used by the No. 1 of the RAF.
An RAF spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a soldier has died at RAF Weston-on-the-Green. During this time, our thoughts are with family, friends and colleagues.
“The incident is under investigation and it would not be appropriate at this time to comment further.” In 2015, the British Skydiving Association investigated an accident involving veteran paratrooper Victoria Cilliers, who was seriously injured after jumping into Wiltshire.
The BPA examined her parachute and found that vital parts of her had been sabotaged. This led to a police investigation into her husband, Emile Cilliers, convicted in 2018 for attempting to kill her by manipulating her manipulation. He was sentenced to at least 18 years in prison.