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Department of Labor, Federal Aviation Administration, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.
Dause said Wednesday that agents filled boxes and bags with waivers and receipts. He said they seized documents dating back two years from all customers who went on tandem jumps.
Federal agents took two years worth of tandem jump waivers signed by customers, and as much jumping video as they could find during a raid on the Lodi Parachute Center yesterday, according to the owner.
In September 2016,
20 instructors at the center were suspended and 120 others were told they needed to undergo more training after an investigation by the United States Parachute Association.
In 2010 and 2011, the FAA issued two penalties against Dause totaling $933,000 for plane maintenance issues.
Since 1999, 15 people have died jumping from planes that took off from the parachute center. Dause said that risk is part of the sport.
“Skydiving is a high risk activity,” he said. “None of the fatalities we’ve had out here were interrelated. It’s not like everybody had a bad parachute that was packed by someone here or the parachute was owned by the Parachute Center.”