Mom dies in skydiving accident: Oklahoma family


Police say Heather Glasgow had participated in several skydiving courses and jumps before the accident.

Screengrab of Heather Glasgow’s Facebook post.

A skydiver and mom of two died in a freak skydiving accident, Oklahoma police and family members say.


Heather Glasgow, 44, was doing a solo skydive when she began spinning uncontrollably and could not recover, witnesses told police, according to a Facebook post from Sallisaw Police Department. Her parachute fully deployed, but she was unable to stop spinning before she struck the ground.


Glasgow was injured the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 18, during a skydive at the City of Sallisaw Airport, police said. She was taken to Northeastern Health System Sequoyah, where she died just after 8 p.m.


She had previously participated in a tandem skydive and had attended two first time jump classes at Adventure Skydive Center, police said. The department is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office to determine what caused the incident.


Family members and friends shared tributes to Glasgow on social media.


“Today heaven received another angel,” Jason Glasgow, Heather Glasgow’s cousin, posted on Facebook. “The world is a lesser place with out her. She lived fearlessly and set the example to never give up and never quit dreaming.”


“Pray for our family, especially her mother and sisters, and her two boys,” Betty Glasgow Howse, Heather Glasgow’s aunt, wrote in a post. “This has been an unbelievable shock.”


Sallisaw is about 160 miles east of Oklahoma City.


Moira Ritter covers McClatchy’s real-time news. She graduated from Georgetown University, studying government, journalism, and German. Previously, she was in charge of reporting for CNN Business. Mom dies in skydiving accident: Oklahoma family

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