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UPDATED: Skydiver Dies After Landing Accident at Perris Valley Airport

The victim, whose identity could not immediately be confirmed, was treated at the scene by paramedics and then rushed by ambulance to a hospital.

An aerial photo of Perris Valley Airport (Flickr/armadillo 444)
An aerial photo of Perris Valley Airport (Flickr/armadillo 444)

The death of a skydiver who was rushed to the hospital after suffering major injuries in a landing accident Friday at Perris Valley Airport is being investigated by police.

At 11:19 a.m. Friday, police and emergency medical personnel responded to a report of an air emergency near Perris Valley Sky Diving, 2091 Goetz Road in Perris.

“Upon arrival, Perris police officers located a 29-year-old white male adult who was involved in a parachuting accident,” stated Sgt. Frank Lodes, in a news release.

He was found "severely" injured, bleeding and unconscious but breathing on the main grass landing area at Goetz Road and Artlo Avenue, emergency radio communications indicated.

Life-saving measures were provided by paramedics with Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department and American Medical Response. The parachutist was ultimately rushed via ground ambulance to a local hospital, where he died, according to Lodes’ statement.

The victim’s identity was being withheld until his next of kin were notified.

In February, a 26-year-old Camp Pendleton-based Marine died in a skydiving accident at Perris Valley Airport when he made a group jump that went awry.

Anyone with additional information that would help police with their investigation of Friday’s incident was encouraged to call Detective Salisbury at 951-210-1000.

—City News Service and Maggie Avants contributed to this report.

Last updated at 3:23 p.m. Dec. 27; originally posted at 12:05 p.m. Dec. 27


Brenda December 27, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Good Lord, praying he will be ok. A horrible tragedy. I do not understand a need to skydive. Course more people are injured and killed from driving cars.....trying that logic on for size. Nope, I still would, could not do it, scared of heights, but I love that other people have the balls to do these exciting and thrilling things that are mostly safe except that 2 times a year. Not knowing just how many people jump every day I am guessing that the odds of injury or death are relatively low. God has to notice such spirit in a person and give this man the healing he needs.

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