Names released of parachute jumpers killed in Minden

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MINDEN, Nev. (KOLO) - The Federal Aviation Administration says two people were killed Thursday morning in a tandem skydiving accident in Minden.

The accident happened shortly after 10AM August 3, 2017 near Heybourne and Firebrand Roads, along the northwest corner of the airport.

Investigators say one of the victims, 43-year-old Ashlie Caceras of Lodi, California, was an experienced instructor working for Skydive Lake Tahoe; the other was 21-year-old David Becker of Germany. He had never been skydiving.

Another tandem jump was made from the same plane around the same time; the instructor from that jump says everything initially appeared to be going smoothly with the jump that led to the two deaths.

The victims landed about a mile from their marker. The FAA continues to investigate.