Sibson Aerodrome cleared to reopen after fatal skydiving accident

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THE airfield where a skydiving accident left one man dead and another seriously injured has been cleared to reopen.

Patrick Sandeman, 53, from Putney, south-west London, died after a mid-air collision with an unnamed man at Sibson Aerodrome on Saturday.

The two men collided in mid-air 50 feet above the ground at about 3.30pm. The other skydiver, a 28-year-old man from France, was flown to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he is still being treated.

The incident is still being investigated by the British Parachute Association, which visited the site on Saturday and Sunday and yesterday announced that jumps could resume.

Association technical director, Tony Butler, said: “Two parachutists collided and their parachutes entangled.

“It just looks like a tragic accident. Both were experienced parachutists.

“We send our sympathies to all the gentlemen’s family and friends.”

A report will be sent to the Civil Aviation Authority, the police and the coroner, as well as the association’s own safety and training committee.

The final report is expected to take up to three weeks to produce.