Florida One-hundred skydivers linked together after opening their parachutes during a jump, apparently setting a record for their type of formation, but another skydiver died after being injured in an earlier practice run.
The 100 jumpers joined together on the second of two attempts on Wednesday near Lakeland, using their hands and feet to hook up to adjacent open parachutes after jumping from five planes flying at staggered altitudes. The result was a diamond about 200 feet on each side.
Skydiver Joseph Lambraith, 49, of Gilbert, Ariz., was injured during a practice jump Saturday when he fell to the ground after his foot became entangled in the cord of another parachute, officials said. He died Tuesday. The other skydiver landed safely using his reserve chute, Lewis said.
The successful formation Wednesday was confirmed by four judges from the U.S. Parachute Association and broke a previous record for an open canopy formation involving 85 jumpers.