Heather Glasgow, a 44-year-old mother of two, died in a tragic skydiving accident on Saturday afternoon after experiencing trouble midair during a solo jump. The incident occurred at the Sallisaw Airport in Oklahoma and resulted in Glasgow succumbing to her injuries at a hospital.
According to the Sallisaw Police Department, an unknown issue arose during the skydive. While Glasgow’s parachute had fully opened, she was in a spin that she could not recover from before hitting the ground.
Eyewitnesses reported that Glasgow’s body was spinning in circles and already unconscious while in the air. The accident occurred near the Arkansas state line, about 150 miles east of Oklahoma City.
Glasgow had previously conducted a tandem skydive before the ill-fated solo jump and attended two first-time jump classes at Adventure Skydive Center in Sallisaw.
The Federal Aviation Administration is aiding the investigation and is looking into the packing of Glasgow’s main and reserve parachutes.
Glasgow’s cousin, Valori Slaughter, told the news station KFOR that she had last spoken to her cousin on Saturday morning. Slaughter said that while Glasgow had faced a series of hardships in her life, she remained “tenacious” and joyful.
Glasgow’s untimely death has left behind her two young sons, as well as siblings and cousins.