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Angola man, 76, dies in skydiving accident

MARSHALL, Mich. – Authorities in southern Michigan have identified a man who died in a skydiving accident as a 76-year-old from northeast Indiana.

Marshall police said in a statement that the accident happened about 11 a.m. Sunday near Brooks Field in Marshall. The site is about 15 miles east-southeast of Battle Creek.

Deputy Chief Scott McDonald told the Battle Creek Enquirer (http://bcene.ws/1rGyjM0) that George Speakman of Angola was found on the ground, just south of the airport.

McDonald said Speakman was with some other skydivers, but they didn’t exit the plane after realizing something was wrong with Speakman’s jump.

McDonald said Speakman was an experienced skydiver.

The statement from authorities said an investigation will involve police, the Calhoun County medical examiner’s office and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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