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63 female skydivers set world record

By By Greg Argos
Published On: Dec 05 2013 02:02:38 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 05 2013 04:33:00 PM CST
Female skydivers set record

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CHANDLER, Ariz. (KPHO) -

A group of 63 experienced female skydivers set the world record for the most amount of women flying headfirst in a formation.

Saturday's record happened to be set in the same area where two male skydivers died last week -- Elroy.

"We do a lot of mental preparation for skydiving because it's not another sport where you could dribble a basketball and then go play a game," said Chazi Blacksher.

Blacksher is a veteran skydiver. She was one of the 63 women who set the world record on Saturday, and said last Tuesday's fatal crash happened as two men from another team trying to break a different world record were preparing to land.

"It is just like merging onto the freeway, you might not have a full visual. You could turn into somebody," said Blacksher.

Though Blacksher didn't know the two men, she did see their team practicing in the air last weekend.

"We got our record. We celebrated. The next day, we were watching their formations," she said.

Blacksher knows that as experienced as the two men were, safety was likely at the top of their minds.

"There are so many precautions along the way that it's just a freak accident when something like this happens," she said.

Investigators say the two men simply didn't have enough time to deploy their reserve chutes, which could have saved their lives.

"(It) hurts for the community knowing that today 195 of their friends are back up there at it putting their game face on and keep going towards that goal," said Blacksher.