Arizona police responded to a 911 call at 7:42 this morning, when Diana Paris experienced a parachute malfunction and fell from the sky.
Paris, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene, after she crashed to the ground. According to Diana’s husband, she was part of The World Team, which had 222 divers attempting to set the record.
The group had been in the Arizona desert for the last 7 days attempting this jump. Wednesday was the first time all 222 were in the air at about 18,000 feet at the same time, but not all were able to connect for the record.
Diana’s husband told local authorities that she had successfully completed 1500 jumps in her career. “It had nothing to do with the size of the group or the aircraft,” World Team spokeswoman Gulcin Gilbert said. “It was a malfunction of the parachute.”
“Our dear friend cannot and will not be replaced,” said Gilbert, whose group organized the record attempt. “The group will continue to hold the slot open in the skydiver’s honor.”