The Stockton Record reported that at least 15 skydivers using the center have died in jumps between 1999 and 2017, and CBS Sacramentoreported Sunday’s failed jump was the fifth parachuting death at the center in the past three years.
Concerned by those numbers, Federal agents with the FBI, Department of Transportation and FAA, as well as local authorities, raided the parachute center in January. Investigators seized records and searched lockers, the Stockton Record reported. The results from that probe, however, have yet to be announced.
The Stockton Record reported Monday the veteran diver was using her own equipment and the plane carrying her took off from the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center.
Dause said Mason was on the trip with her husband at the time of her death.
In 2016, the industry’s licensing organization suspended 20 skydiving instructors. The U.S. Parachuting Association also ordered 120 instructors to undergo more training. Earlier this year, federal authorities raided the center following several similar fatalities over the last couple of years.