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Height-fear woman dies in crash
Friends of victims embrace
Six people died and two survived in the crash
A woman trying to conquer her fear of heights by skydiving has died after the plane she was to jump from crashed.

Victoria Delacroix, 22, from Beckenham, London, was killed with five others on Saturday in Dittmer, Missouri, US.

The twin-engine light aircraft carrying the skydiving group nose dived and crashed soon after take-off.

Ms Delacroix had finished a geography degree at Derby University before going to America to work at a summer camp for disabled children with Camp America.

She signed up for the parachute jump at the Quantum Leap Skydiving Centre with an Australian friend who was one of two survivors from the crash.

'Engine failure'

Kimberly Dear, 21, from Melbourne, was seriously injured when the plane struck a utility pole and trees before hitting the ground.

Dittmer, Missouri map

Her father told Australian television that her instructor, Robert Cook, 22, died a "hero" for protecting her by cushioning her fall.

The US National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Miss Delacroix's family have filed a lawsuit against the engine manufacturer, sky-diving club and others.

Officials said on Sunday that engine failure was the apparent cause, the Associated Press news agency reported.

A message on the skydiving centre's website said it was mourning the loss of its owner, staff and student skydivers.


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