Names released of parachute jumpers killed in Minden
Updated: Fri 8:59 AM, Aug 04, 2017
MINDEN, Nev. (KOLO) - The Federal Aviation Administration says two people were killed Thursday morning in a tandem skydiving accident in Minden.
The accident happened shortly after 10AM August 3, 2017 near Heybourne and Firebrand Roads, along the northwest corner of the airport.
Investigators say one of the victims, 43-year-old Ashlie Caceras of Lodi, California, was an experienced instructor working for Skydive Lake Tahoe; the other was 21-year-old David Becker of Germany. He had never been skydiving.
Another tandem jump was made from the same plane around the same time; the instructor from that jump says everything initially appeared to be going smoothly with the jump that led to the two deaths.
The victims landed about a mile from their marker. The FAA continues to investigate.
2 killed in Nevada sky-diving accident near Lake Tahoe
By Associated Press August 3
MINDEN, Nev. — A sky-diving instructor and a German tourist were found dead on the ground Thursday after they did a tandem jump from a plane flying near Lake Tahoe in western Nevada, authorities said.
An initial investigation indicated both were attached by a single harness and had been connected to one parachute and also had a reserve parachute, said Capt. Dan Coverley of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Coverley and other officials did not disclose whether the parachute did not open or whether it malfunctioned. The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating.
The two were found at about 10:15 a.m. near the Minden-Tahoe airport, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.
Coverley identified the instructor as 43-year-old Ashlie Caceras of Lodi, California and said she worked for the Skydive Lake Tahoe skydiving tour business.
The tourist was identified as 21-year-old David Becker of Sankt Martin, Germany.
The (Gardnerville) Record Courier reported the last time there was a fatal skydiving death at or near the airport was on March 23, 2008, when Skydive Tahoe co-owner Wes Harberts’ parachute malfunctioned.
The U.S. Parachute Association in 2016 recorded 21 fatal skydiving accidents in the U.S. out of roughly 3.2 million jumps.
Owner/operator: Skydive Lake Tahoe
C/n / msn:
Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: None
Location: Minden-Tahoe Airport (KMEV), Minden, NV - United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport: Minden-Tahoe (KMEV)
Destination airport: Minden-Tahoe (KMEV)
Two in-tandem parachutists were fatally injured during a skydiving jump at Minden-Tahoe Airport (KMEV), Minden, Nevada. The aircraft was not damaged. The pilot and another in-tandem pair of jumpers were not injured.