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A woman has died after her parachute failed to open during a sky dive over east Durham.
The 49-year-old was found in an area close to Shotton airfield from which the plane she had been travelling in had flown.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene at about 3.45pm. The victim, from Hebburn, was airlifted to the James Cook Memorial Hospital in Middlesbrough, where she died this evening.

An investigation involving Durham Constabulary, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the British Parachuting Association is underway.

The coroner has been informed and a post mortem will be carried out in due course.
Detective Inspector Dave Cuthbert said: “This is a tragic incident. The lady who has died was using her own equipment and was making her first sky dive in this country, having previously made parachute jumps abroad.

“We will be working with the HSE and the British Parachuting Association to establish why this tragedy happened.”

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