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Chemistry teacher dies in parachute accident at Devon airfield

Chris Jones was the Head of Chemistry of Wellington School. Credit: Wellington School

A chemistry teacher from Somerset has died in a parachute accident at Dunkeswell Airfield in East Devon.

Chris Jones, 61, was the Head of Chemistry at Wellington School in Somerset.

Headmaster Henry Price paid tribute to him saying he was a "fine schoolmaster and a well-respected colleague".

He was from the Pontyclun area of South Wales.

The British Parachute Association has now opened an investigation into the incident.

We were called at 2.40pm to the death of a parachutist at Dunkeswell Airfield, where he landed on the airfield. The Health and Safety Executive were informed, and an ambulance called. The incident is being treated as a non-suspicious death.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

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