Social media users were stunned last week when an up-and-coming TikTok influencer fell to her death in a tragic skydiving accident.
The Washington Examiner reported that 21-year-old Tanya Pardazi died on August 27 during a solo jump with Skydive Toronto Inc, a Canadian skydiving school.
The school posted a statement on its Facebook page regarding Pardazi death, which said that she “released a quickly rotating main parachute at a low altitude without the time/altitude required for the reserve parachute to inflate.”
“The jumper was a welcomed recent addition to the skydiving community and will be missed amongst the student’s new friends and fellow jumpers at Skydive Toronto Inc,” the statement continued.
“The team at Skydive Toronto Inc has been profoundly affected by this accident as they have refined their student training program for over 50 years,” it added.
The Washington Examiner quoted a statement from the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association saying, “Canopy incidents are the leading cause of death and injury.”
In addition to being a social media influencer, Pardazi was also a former cheerleader at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Her former squad responded to news of Pardazi’s passing with an Instagram post that read, “Forever part of our team and in our hearts. Tanya Pardazi was one in a million.”
Previous parachuting deaths
Unfortunately, Pardazi’s death was not unique, as the National Post noted that she became the fourth person in Canada to die from a parachuting accident this summer.
Rob MacNeill is a member of the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association’s technical safety committee, and he told the paper that risk is an inherent part of skydiving,
“It’s like any other thing that we do in life, you know, whether you’re mountain biking or driving race cars, or waterskiing,” MacNeill explained. However, he added that the sport has become significantly safer in recent years.
“When you look back 20, 30 years ago, at the injuries and fatalities, and then you look at what’s happening now, it’s a difference of night and day,” MacNeill pointed out.