Two skydivers, Keiron O’Rourke and Bernd Schmehl, collided in midair on Tuesday, causing their parachutes to collapse. They fell 200 feet to the ground and died, according to a UPI report on Wednesday.
Both men were veteran skydivers. O’Rourke – who was 40 years of age – logged more than 800 hours of skydiving, and Schmehl logged 1,707 hours of skydiving.
They had their parachutes open when they collided between 200 to 300 feet about the ground in the vicinity of Eloy, Arizona.
O’Rourke – of the United Kingdom – was taken to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Schmehl – of Germany – was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.
The event in which the tragic incident occurred was part of a Skydive Arizona jump involving 200 skydivers and 9 planes. The event was designed to set a world record. The intent of the event was to set the record for the largest formation to form, break apart, and then come back together in midair.
Another skydiver was injured in an unrelated incident. That skydiver's condition is not known.