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One Person Was Killed In A Skydiving Accident Sunday At The Grand Canyon Airport

Coconino County Sheriff

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A skydiving accident at the Grand Canyon Airport has claimed the life of a British man and injured another. Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an area of the airport Sunday morning at around 9:55 a.m. Officials say two men, who had been skydiving tandem with Paragon Skydiver, had been hurt. Authorities say the skydive had been going as planned, until they encountered difficulties when approaching the landing area. The problems caused the pair to free-fall for an unknown distance and hit the ground in what was described as a “hard landing.” One person appeared to have suffered a broken leg, the other was unconscious. Both were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center. Life-saving measures were performed on the second male, 55-year-old Christopher Swales from Great Britain, but he was pronounced dead at FMC. Investigators are still looking into the details surrounding the accident.