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Sky-diving instructor killed in accident was from South Korea

Two men die in tandem skydiving accident near Lodi

August 2016: San Joaquin Sheriff's Sgt. Brandon Riley confirmed the deaths of two men during a tandem jump at the Parachute Center in Acampo.
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August 2016: San Joaquin Sheriff's Sgt. Brandon Riley confirmed the deaths of two men during a tandem jump at the Parachute Center in Acampo.

The sky-diving instructor who died Saturday jumping from a plane over Acampo has been identified by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office as 25-year-old Young Kwon of South Korea.

Kwon died during a tandem jump with first-time sky diver Tyler Nicholas Turner, 18, of Los Banos. Authorities said the men’s parachute did not open and the two hit the ground.

Bill Dause, owner of the Parachute Center, told The Associated Press that Kwon was a veteran sky diver who had about 700 previous jumps.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the center about 10 a.m. Saturday and found the two bodies in a vineyard. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the accident.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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