Skydiver dies in Eloy, 3rd death in 2 months

Posted at 11:43 AM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 00:32:40-05

A skydiver has died Tuesday morning when he hit the ground a high rate of speed in Eloy, about 60 miles south of Phoenix, officials said.

Skydive Arizona said the man was an experienced skydiver who was visiting from another country for recreation skydiving. 

Eloy police said officers responded to reports of a skydiver down about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Skydive Arizona facility. They said the Swiss man was a veteran skydiver with more than 600 jumps logged.

"The freefall, deployment and subsequent parachute flight appeared uneventful until a pilot (skydiver) error caused a high speed turn to the ground. Weather conditions were good and there were no aircraft or other skydivers involved," Skydive Arizona said in statement released Tuesday afternoon.

The skydiver's name was not released. His name is being withheld until his relatives and the consulate in Switzerland can be notified.

This is the third death at Skydive Arizona since December 31. On New Year's Eve, a 37-year-old Utah man died while attempting to carry out a skydiving jump at the Eloy facility. And a 34-year-old man from Boulder, Colorado, died Jan. 21 after witnesses say his parachute collapsed during his jump.

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