A skydiving collision caused two people to fall to their death when colliding in mid-air after jumping out of a plane over Eloy, Arizona. One of the skydivers was pronounced dead at the scene and the other died a little while later at an area hospital, according to ABC News on Dec. 4.
The skydivers both had open parachutes at the time they collided, but the collision caused the parachute canopies to collapse, sending both hurling to their death below. During the same event, but in a separate incident, a third skydiver was injured.
The two unnamed people who died in this skydiving collision were participating in a large group of skydivers. This event had close to 200 people jumping out of multiple aircraft, according to the National Geographic. The two collided about 200-feet off the ground. This brings the safety of these large-group skydives into question, suggests National Geographic today.
The skydiving collision took place over a training facility in Arizona called Skydive Arizona at a little before 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The flights for this training facility leave out of Eloy Municipal Airport, which is about 60 miles outside of Phoenix.
Last weekend Eloy was the site of a world record breaking jump done in tandem by 63 women. They set the record for an all-female mass-formation jump. The woman joined hands after jumping head-first out of the plane. All of them landed safely after the world-record breaking jump.