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Parachute failure. Victoria Cilliers was an experienced parachute instructor, but her chutes suffered a catastrophic failure at 4,000 feet. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Victoria Cilliers tumbled 4,000 feet toward almost certain death, her parachute refusing to open properly.

The UK woman was an experienced parachute instructor and army physiotherapist with 2,600 jumps to her credit. Yet the impossible happened. Both her main chute and backup had failed on a routine jump at the Netheravon Airfield, home of the Army Parachute Association.

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