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Russian Skydiver in Coma Being Flown Home from U.S.

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A Russian Emergencies Ministry aircraft carrying a Russian skydiver, who is in a coma after colliding with another jumper on Sunday in California, has left Los Angeles for Moscow, the ministry reported on Friday.

A Russian Emergencies Ministry aircraft carrying a Russian skydiver, who is in a coma after colliding with another jumper on Sunday in California, has left Los Angeles for Moscow, the ministry reported on Friday.

Irina Sinitsyna, a World and European Record-holding free-faller, has been unconscious since an attempt on a hundred-person formation world-record jump at Perris Valley airfield, involving skydivers from many nations.

The incident occurred when the formation group split up and the jumpers began to open their canopies. Sinitsyna "collided with another parachutist, became tangled in her suspension lines and was unable to fully open her reserve by the time she hit the ground," her friend Tatyana Zharova said.

She fell unconscious on impact and broke several vertebrae in her neck. No one else was hurt in the accident.

Doctors say she remains in a critical condition.