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FAA: No sanctions for Lodi skydiving center in deaths

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POSTED August 7, 2017 7:42 p.m.

LODI  (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it cannot sanction a skydiving center in central California for the 2016 deaths of two men killed in a tandem jump.
The FAA announced Monday that under federal regulations it will not take action against the Parachute Center in the deaths of 25-year-old Yong Kwon, of South Korea, and 18-year-old Tyler Nicholas, of Los Banos.
Their bodies were found in a Lodi-area vineyard after someone reported the skydivers hit the ground without an open parachute.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says Kwon had paperwork indicating he received needed certification training but that it was signed by an instructor who was not in the United States on the date the document was purportedly signed.
The United States Parachute Association has revoked the memberships and instructional ratings of several people in the deaths.

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