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Skydiver Dies in Jump During Eclipse With AM-Eclipse, Bjt

July 12, 1991

HONOLULU (AP) _ A Marine who was skydiving during Thursday’s solar eclipse was killed when his parachutes failed to open, an official said.

First Sgt. William Boyd, 40, died during a jump at about 7:30 a.m., said Staff Sgt. Christopher Grey, spokesman for Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station. The eclipse, which covered 96 percent of the sun on Oahu and was total on the island of Hawaii, began two minutes earlier.

Boyd, a 22-year Marine veteran who had returned from the Persian Gulf War in May, had extensive parachuting experience, Grey said.

Boyd’s wife watched her husband fall to his death, Waialua Fire Captain Tom Perkins said.

Boyd made the jump with three companions who intended to link up on the way down, said a woman at Skydive Hawaii, the company that owned the plane. The woman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the foursome timed the jump to happen during the eclipse.

The accident happened near Mokuleia, on Oahu’s North Shore about 35 miles north of Honolulu. Boyd landed in the water; a Fire Department helicopter lifted him out and took him to a hospital, where he died.

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