Two women sustained life-threatening injuries during a parachute crash in rural Wisconsin, authorities said.
The garbage women were hospitalized on Sunday afternoon in critical condition after jumping in tandem at the Midwest Parachute Center in Yorkville, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office announced.
“Their parachute has been deployed,” department officials said in a statement. “However, they lost control about 20 to 30 feet from the ground and collapsed.
Both victims – a 49-year-old from Chicago and a 28-year-old from Racine in Wisconsin – were taken to a nearby hospital. Their conditions were immediately unclear early Monday. The message requesting a comment from the MP was not returned immediately.
Those looking for excitement in tandem jumps on Skidive Midwest jump out of the plane at altitudes of 14,500 feet after a short training course, according to the company’s website.
“You will spend up to 60 seconds in free fall, reaching a speed of 120+ miles per hour as you fall back to Earth,” the website boasts. “When the parachute is released, enjoy a 5-7 minute ride overlooking the outlines of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee and Chicago.
If conditions allow, tandem jumpers can also “steer the parachute” before landing in certain areas. Prepaid jumps start at $ 219, while entry dates cost $ 299, according to Skidive Midwest.
Noting that parachuting is “inherently dangerous”, the company said it has an “impeccable safety record” in tandem jumps thanks to experienced instructors and equipment from reputable manufacturers.