MINDEN, NEVADA (August 3, 2017) – A skydiving instructor and tourist were involved in a fatal tandem jump near Minden Tahoe Airport Thursday morning, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. (map)
The accident was reported at approximately 10:15 a.m. Instructor 43-year-old Ashlie Caceras of Lodi, California and tourist 21-year-old David Becker of Sankt Martin, Germany were attached by a single harness when participating in a tandem jump at Skydive Lake Tahoe, a skydiving tour business.
Emergency crews arrived on the scene to find the two deceased parachutists in the driveway of the Public Works Department near Minden Tahoe Airport.
Two FAA inspectors wee called to the scene. Initial investigations by FAA inspectors determine if the instructor is properly credentialed and well as whether or not the parachute was properly packed by the proper personnel, according to Spokesman Ian Gregor.
Instructor Caceras was an experienced qualified tandem instructor with at least 1,500 jumps, according to owner Dave Crouch of Skydive Lake Tahoe.
An investigation is ongoing by the Federal Aviation Administration and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to determine the cause of the fatal accident.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends of Ashlie Caceras and David Becker as they cope with such tragic loss,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law Firm. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all parties affected in this tragedy as they try to piece together what happened.”