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Skydiver Dives Into Dye Family's Dyed Easter Egg Hunt, Dies

Posted by on Apr. 22, 2014 at 3:52 AM
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Skydiver Dives Into Dye Family's Dyed Easter Egg Hunt, Dies

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A 49-year-old New York man fell to his death after his parachute failed to open while he was skydiving. He landed in a backyard in Washington Township, N.J. around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, right as the family next door was in the middle of an Easter egg hunt.

Arkady Shenker was an experienced skydiver with 350 jumps under his belt. On Sunday, he was with a group of 15, run by Monroe Township, N.J.-based Freefall Adventures. Gloucester County officials and the FAA are investigating what caused his "wing suit"-style parachute to fail—it's unclear whether Shenker made a mistake or the suit itself malfunctioned.

The Dye family, who were shocked to see Shenker drop in during their egg hunt, rushed to help.

"I saw the jumpers. Then I noticed one and he kind of looked like he wasn't conscious, he was just spinning," Annie Marie Dye told ABC 6.

"He put a dent in the ground about [a foot] deep," another neighbor said.

Shenker was taken to Kennedy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 3:30 p.m.

He's not the first skydiver to lose his life during a Freefall Adventures jump. In 2011, Scott Shields, the mayor of Rutledge, Pa., died on a jump with the same company. After Shields failed to pull his chute in time, the automatic backup chute didn't open all the way.

by on Apr. 22, 2014 at 3:52 AM
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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Apr. 22, 2014 at 6:14 AM
I briefly saw this on the news, didnt realize he landed in someone's back yard

Sad :/
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dawnie1
by #1 Raider fan on Apr. 22, 2014 at 6:52 AM

Yeah, that's bad on multiple levels. Skydiving is a scary proposition to me.

mlg1989
by Bronze Member on Apr. 22, 2014 at 6:55 AM
:(
meriana
by Platinum Member on Apr. 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM

How sad.

stormcris
by Christy on Apr. 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM
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That was a really bad title for a death. I know it is the title from the article but really, it seems to be in poor taste.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Apr. 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM

:(

The Dye Family?

VinVanMom
by Bronze Member on Apr. 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM
What a let down. Traumatized those people I'm sure
DensHag
by Member on Apr. 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM
That title is in very poor taste.
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM

The headline of this story speaks to the lack of character of the author.

This is so sad.

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