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Thu, 11 Jun, 2015 02:31:45 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jun 11
Parachutist landing area in Kouvola Utti Airport on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The jumpers are not related to yesterday's case, where the Utti airport parachutist died in a collision shadows. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Utti's Friday evening parachute accident was apparently caused by turbulence, according to police investigations. Progress in the investigation is made with consultations with the parties involved and a review of video recordings.
The investigation will last several weeks, as most of the parties live outside of Kouvola.
"Tentatively, it seems that the initial cause of the accident was turbulence, and that caused many jumpers to congregate toward one of the agreed landing spots," says Detective Chief Inspector Timo Kuokkanen of the Southeast Finland Regional Police Department.
According to him, a parachute was still sprawled on the ground, which the 36-year-old jumper who died tried to avoid by turning to the side.
"Another jumper hit him, which collapsed the parachute, already in its breaking stage," says Kuokkanen.
Apparently, the sun's glare was another cause for the collision. According to Kuokkanen, there is no criminal suspicion in the case.
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