Miss Teen Canada finalist dies after opening her parachute too late while skydiving

A TikTok influencer and beauty queen, 21, died in a skydiving accident when her main parachute failed to open. According to a friend, it was her first time jumping alone.

Tanya Pardazi, a philosophy student at Toronto University, had completed one course with Skydive Toronto in Innisfil, Ontario, qualifying her for the fatal Saturday jump from 4,000 feet above the ground.

Skydive Toronto explained that Pardazi ‘released a rapidly rotating main parachute at a low altitude without the time or altitude required for the reserve parachute to inflate.’

‘The jumper was a welcomed recent addition to the skydiving community and will be missed amongst the student’s new friends.’

According to Skydive Ontario, Pardazi was taught how to transition to her secondary parachute in the event that her main one failed.

The reason why the main parachute did not open is unknown.

Pardazi, who had advanced to the semi-finals of the 2017 Miss Teen Canada beauty pageant, was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Pardazi had finished just one day of ‘ground school,’ where jumpers practice the maneuvers from the safety of the ground, before she was deemed qualified to dive alone. 

Her friend, Melody Ozgoli, told CTV News Toronto that this was her first time jumping alone. 

‘Tanya had an interest in anything that was new and adventurous,’ Ozgoli said. ‘Life was too boring for her and she was always trying to do something adventurous. She really lived every second to the fullest.’