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One Person Dead, Another Injured After Skydiving Accident at Taylorville Airport Saturday

One man is dead and a woman was injured after a sky-diving trip went wrong Saturday afternoon at Taylorville Municipal Airport. Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert-Winans identified the deceased as 74-year-old Giles L. Henderson of Charleston.


Witnesses say Henderson attempted to open his parachute when it became entangled with the other skydiver. He was unable to free the parachute and struck the ground. The second skydiver was able to land and was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile says Henderson was an experienced skydiver, and multiple agencies are investigating the accident.



An autopsy conducted Sunday in Bloomington shows that Henderson died from blunt force trauma due to the skydiving accident.

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