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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 May, 2005, 18:48 GMT 19:48 UK
Pensioner parachute death inquiry
An investigation has begun after a 74-year-old man was killed during a parachute jump.

Peter Shaw, from Eccles, Greater Manchester, was taking part in an organised jump at Cark airfield near Flookburgh, Cumbria, on Saturday.

Police say an inquiry is continuing but the death appears to be as a result of an accident.

The British Parachute Association will also be holding an investigation into the incident.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: "At this stage, Mr Shaw's death appears to be as a result of a tragic accident, the precise cause of which is yet to be determined."

He added that the coroner has been informed of the death.

Mr Shaw was taking part in a jump organised by the North West Parachute Centre, which is based at Cark airfield.

Mike Carruthers, one of the centre's owners, said: "There is absolutely nothing suspicious in this.

"A board of inquiry has been set up by the British Parachute Association."


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