Skydiver dies after brain haemorrhage in wind tunnel

A skydiver has died after suffering a brain haemorrhage while practising in a wind tunnel in Greater Manchester.

Francis Sweeney, 23, from Kings Norton in Birmingham, lost consciousness while training at the Airkix Indoor Skydiving Centre in Trafford Quays on Monday.

He died on Tuesday at Trafford General Hospital.

In a statement, an Airkix spokesman paid tribute to him and said that his death was "not connected in any way" to his skydiving.

Mr Sweeney was an experienced skydiver and was a regular at the centre, where he trained with a personal instructor.

The spokesman said that he seemed to have "simply passed out for no explainable reason" while working with his instructor, but had suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage.

After being guided out of the tunnel, Mr Sweeney was given medical treatment at the scene before being taken to hospital.

The spokesman said that Airkix were "deeply distressed at losing both a friend and customer and all our thoughts are for his family".

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