One of two skydivers killed in midair collision had made 17,000 jumps
When rescue personnel arrived at Perris Valley Skydiving on Thursday afternoon, bystanders were providing CPR to the two victims, the Riverside County Fire Department said.
The two were pronounced dead at the scene at 4 p.m. The accident is under investigation.
The victims apparently fell 200-300 feet to their deaths.
The National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and local authorities are investigating.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that one of the victims was Patrick McGowan, a veteran Perris skydiving instructor. "He had over 17,000 jumps," Scott Smith, Western regional director of the U.S. Parachute Assn., told the paper.
"He's one of our better instructors, more experienced, and just a great person," Smith told KTLA.
The second victim was identified as Chris Stasky.
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Upper photo: Perris Valley Skydiving. Credit: KTLA
Lower photo: Chris Stasky and Patrick McGowan. Credit: KTLA