Two skydivers killed in Arizona

So very Sad!


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A British man was one of two skydivers who died after colliding in midair and plummeting to the ground, it has been confirmed.

Keiron O’Rourke, 40, was among 200 experienced skydivers taking part in a jump in Eloy, Arizona, in the United States on Tuesday. Investigators said witnesses saw him and 51-year-old German Bernd Schmehl crash into each other, and both fell to their deaths.

The Eloy police department said the crash happened at a height of about 200 to 300 feet, causing both men’s canopies to collapse.

The men were veteran jumpers. O’Rourke had logged 849 jumps – 100 in the last six months – while Schmehl had made 1,707.

Early reports suggested that the midair collision involved three skydivers, but investigators later determined that the third skydiver was injured in a separate incident.

The Eloy police department and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the deaths.

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