Tuesday, May 2, 2006


Parachutist cut cords to kill himself

`A man underwent an intensive parachute course so that he could throw himself out of a plane in the UK and commit suicide.

The 27-year-old, who has not been named, died on Saturday afternoon after cutting through the lines of his parachute on his first jump and plunging to the ground.

He died two weeks after doing seven hours of training and seemed ready and able to take his first jump over Old Buckenham airfield, near Attleborough, Norfolk.

But, after jumping at 3,500ft and after his fixed-line parachute was seen to open normally, he threw away the helmet, which had a built-in radio to speak to his instructor on the ground, then used a pair of scissors or gardening secateurs to cut the cords of his parachute.’

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