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Canadian man hospitalized after parachute malfunction

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Canadian man was seriously injured early Monday morning after he tried to parachute from the top of a vacant 14-story building in downtown Anchorage, police said.

Kenneth Kell, 32, jumped off the MacKay Building at about 12:30 a.m., but his parachute did not open properly. Police said the Ontario resident suffered broken bones in his pelvis and both legs, as well as a collapsed lung.

Kell was being treated at Alaska Regional Hospital.

Two witnesses, who know Kell, told police he is a good sky diver but is new to the sport of base jumping.

Kell had been drinking prior to his jump, according to police.

The MacKay building was built in the 1950s, but has sat empty for about two decades.

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