A skydiver was killed after failing to open his parachute during a competition.
The tragedy is said to have occurred in Perth, Western Australia, at the Virtual Nationals Skydiving Competition.
A 30-year-old man reportedly died in the skydiving accident after his parachute failed to deploy properly on Sunday.
The incident reportedly happened between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., with the man jumping from a plane over Jurien Bay as part of the competition.
It was reported that the nameless man’s parachute failed to deploy properly, causing him to fall to the ground.
Police said in a statement: “The man jumped from a plane and it is believed that his parachutes were not deployed properly and he fell to the ground.
“The man was seriously injured and unfortunately died on the scene.”
The Western Australian reports that the man was described as “very experienced” and was doing a “high level” jump at the time.
According to NCA NewsWire, Dandaragan Shire President Leslee Holmes said the man had previously completed 6,000 jumps.
She said, “He used his own equipment … it was an absolute tragedy.
“We are absolutely devastated. It is also terrible for the first responders.”
Skydive Jurien Bay co-owner Christine Sparrow reportedly said the man attended a wing suit event at multiple locations as part of the week-long competition.
Calling it “a terrible day for the skydiving community,” she said, “Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends, as well as the first responders at the event yesterday.”
An investigation is being conducted by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Parachute Federation.
The local police will also prepare a report for the coroner.
Jurien Bay is a popular tourist town known for skydiving.