Oklahoma Mother Dies in Tragic Skydiving Accident during First Solo Jump

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The Adventure Skydive Center in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, has been the site of a tragic skydiving accident that resulted in the death of 44-year-old Heather Glasgow. On Saturday, during Glasgow's first solo skydiving attempt, her parachute went into a spin that caused her to fall to the ground, according to local officials. Emergency services were immediately dispatched, but Glasgow was pronounced dead after being transported to Northeastern Health Systems Sequoyah.

The Sallisaw Police Department is working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of the fall. At this time, the cause is described as "an unknown issue." According to police officials, Glasgow had previously attended two beginner classes at the Adventure Skydive Center, where the incident occurred.

In the days leading up to her solo skydiving attempt, Glasgow had shared her excitement on her Facebook page, stating that she was taking "the plunge" and preparing to embark on her first instructor-aided jump. However, she later rescheduled the session after feeling sick, noting that "trying to push myself and jump that afternoon could have ended badly, so I'm really glad that I listened to my body."

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Adventure Skydiving Center representative Paul Tucker issued a press release that described the early stages of Glasgow's skydive as normal, with a routine parachute deployment without incident. "The parachute appeared to be fully functioning and operational as Glasgow executed the parachute maneuvers as instructed during her training. After a short time, witnesses observed her parachute beginning to turn without any corrective action," the statement added.

"The management and staff of Adventure Skydive Center are in shock by this accident, and we express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Heather. We had come to know her as an eager and energetic, well-liked person. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and mourn her passing," said Tucker. The Adventure Skydiving Center is cooperating with local authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration to determine the cause of the accident.

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Glasgow's cousin, Valori Slaughter, told KFOR that Glasgow had been going through a difficult time and was determined to do something for herself. "She needed to feel alive and be alive," said Slaughter. Glasgow leaves behind two children.

The United States Parachute Association has noted that an incident like Glasgow's is very rare. This tragic accident has left the staff and management of Adventure Skydive Center in shock, and they have expressed their deepest sympathies to Glasgow's family and friends.

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