Colorado man dies after skydiving accident in AZ

Posted at 4:11 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 13:05:52-05

Authorities say a Colorado man has died after a skydiving accident in Arizona.

Eloy police and fire crews responded to reports of a skydiver suffering from a hard landing about 1:30 p.m. Thursday near the Eloy Municipal Airport at Skydive Arizona about 60 miles south of Phoenix.

Police say Geoffrey Loy, 34, of Boulder, CO. died at the scene.

Witnesses reported seeing Loy's parachute collapse during his jump, causing him to rapidly fall to the ground.

Roderick Ozanne, an eyewitness, said the victim died at the scene. Ozanne is also a skydiver.

“We’re all kind of pushing it, pushing the odds a little bit,” Ozanne said.

“But that’s what makes skydiving, skydiving.”

Loy reportedly had 12 years of skydiving experience. He had completed 500 total jumps, including 100 in the past year, according to a news release from Eloy police.

Federal Aviation Administration officials were at the scene to investigate the accident.

On New Year's Eve, a 37-year-old Utah man died while attempting to carry out a skydiving jump at Skydive Arizona.