A 67-year-old skydiver fell to his death after his parachute failed to open.
A 67-year-old skydiver fell to his death after his parachute failed to open. Peter Collins / Channel Nine News

Skydiver killed in freak accident

AN EXPERIENCED skydiver who had performed more than 1000 jumps died after his parachute failed to open in the Lockyer Valley today.

The 67-year-old Plainland man fell to his death in a paddock on Curtin Rd at Crowley Vale at 3.40pm.

He was well-known at the Ripcord Sky Divers club where another serious accident happened last month.

It is unknown why the man's parachute failed to deploy during his solo jump. He died on impact.

Police are investigating the death and will prepare a report for the Coroner.

A club spokeswoman did not want to comment last night. The Australian Parachute Federation is investigating the incident.

It is believed the man had packed his own parachute. It is unknown whether his second parachute also failed or whether he did not have time to activate it.

Amateur skydiver Sankar Venkatesan, 26, sustained fractures to his neck and shoulder when he crash-landed in a tree at Crowley Vale in April. A branch snapped and he fell 10 metres to the ground.


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