Skydiver suffers burns after falling into Lodi power lines

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A 62-year-old man remained in a Northern California burn center Monday after he flew into some power lines while skydiving in Lodi.

Mark Elizondo is doing relatively “fine” but suffering from burns after he misjudged the wind Sunday afternoon and floated into power lines, said his wife, Raedell Elizondo.

The pair met while skydiving years ago, Raedell Elizondo said. Though she has since given up the hobby, Mark Elizondo continues to skydive and has more than 1,000 jumps under his belt, she said.


He was practicing parachuting routines with 14 others when the accident occurred, she said. The group took off from Lodi Parachute Center.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, officials confirmed. Authorities will check, among other things, the condition of the parachute and check to see if it was packed properly, said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.

Records show the FAA recommended citations against the parachute center in 2010 and 2011 for failing to maintain airplane equipment and proposed citing the business last year after a harness was improperly fastened on a student during a tandem jump.


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