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Skydiving Accident Kills 2 On Cape Cod

BARNSTABLE (CBS) -- A skydiving instructor and student were killed in a training jump on Cape Cod Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The skydivers, jumping in tandem, crashed into a garage on Race Lane in Marstons Mills beyond the intended landing area of the Cape Cod airfield authorities said. The victims were both adults males, according to Massachusetts State Police.

"We responded to the scene and we observed two people - the instructor and the student - laying on the ground beside the garage," Barnstable Police Sgt. Ben Baxter said. "It appears they did hit the garage."

Both of the skydivers were rushed to Cape Cod Hospital, but did not survive.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the district attorney's office are also investigating. The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

It was not clear if an equipment malfunction was to blame.

Neighbors tell WBZ-TV that skydivers are a fairly common site at the airfield, but this time something went wrong. One person living close by said she saw the two men parachuting, but then heard a frightening sound.

"Unfortunately I don't know what happened, but I heard a thud," the neighbor said. "The parachute looked deployed."


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