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Skydiver killed, another injured near Perris airport

April 15, 2011 |  7:15 pm

One man was killed and another critically injured Friday afternoon in a skydiving accident in Riverside County, authorities said.

A preliminary investigation suggests that the two men collided in midair about 2:45 p.m. near the Perris Valley Airport, according to a news release by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The men’s parachutes apparently became entangled during the collision, deputies said.

It was the second fatal skydiving accident at the airport in less than a month. On March 31, two skydivers collided in midair and plummeted about 200 feet to their deaths, fire officials said.  

Neither the name of the dead skydiver nor the injured man, who remained in critical condition Friday night, has been released.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the accident.


One of two skydivers killed in midair collision had made 17,000 jumps

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