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Skydiver collision kills 2:Victims fall to their death after parachutes collapse

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A skydiver collision has resulted in the deaths of two people. The tragic accident took place in the skies over Arizona, Tuesday, December 3, 2013. The victims were just two people in a group of 200 skydivers who jumped from multiple airplanes during a single event, which was supposed to be part of a weeklong extreme skydiving extravaganza in Eloy.

The two deceased skydivers, who were not initially named, jumped from an airplane just before colliding mid air, ABC reported. The two men were later identified as Keiron O'Rourke, 40, of the United Kingdom and Bernd Schmehl, 51, of Germany. The men were both experienced skydivers with more than 2,500 combined career jumps.

The skydiver collision happened when the two victims were approximately 200-300 feet from the ground. One of the two victims was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while the other was transported to a local hospital, Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, where he died a short time later.

When the skydiver collision happened, both individuals had open parachutes. However, both parachute canopies collapsed on impact, causing the two skydivers to plummet to the earth below and to their deaths.

Eloy Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division and the Federal Aviation Administration are both investigating the skydiver collision. Autopsies of the two men will be performed at Pinal County Medical Examiner's Office.



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