Experienced skydiver dies in accident at Australian Skydiving Championships in York

Competitors board a plane during the championships in York on Wednesday. Picture: David Baylis
Competitors board a plane during the championships in York on Wednesday. Picture: David Baylis

THE skydiving community is mourning the loss of a competitor at the Australian National Skydiving Championships in York.

The experienced skydiver aged in his 30s was killed in an accident during a formation jump about 5.15pm.

“It’s believed there was a canopy entanglement during a formation jump and the victim collided with another jumper,” Skydive Australia said.

Police and emergency services were called to an area at Spencers Brook Road in Burges, near York.

Competitors arrived at the weekend to practise before competition started on Tuesday.

The championships, scheduled to run until Sunday, have been suspended ahead of a meeting on whether to continue.

Strong winds and rain temporarily halted competition on Tuesday before skydiving resumed.

 

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