American sportsman dies in parachute accident in Turkey

Ian Flanders
Ian Flanders (Courtesy: ABC News)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Organizers and media reports say American base jumper Ian Flanders has died in a parachute accident during a nature sports festival in eastern Turkey.

Flanders plunged into a river and died when his parachute ropes got wrapped around his legs during a jump from the Karanlik canyon in Turkey’s Erzincan province on July 21.

His body was pulled out of the Karasu river, a tributary of the Euphrates, by rescue boats and taken to the Erzincan state hospital morgue.

The Dogan news agency said the 37-year-old from southern California had leapt from an altitude of some 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) when the accident occurred.

The Erzincan Municipality said the International Nature and Culture Festival was canceled because of Flanders’ death.

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