Parachute jump goes fatally wrong

2009-12-03 16:45

Johannesburg - A man participating in the 5th FAI World Cup of Canopy Piloting died in a parachute accident in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg on Thursday, the Parachute Association of SA said.

Spokesperson Mark Bellingan said the 36-year-old Russian team member died as a result of injuries sustained in the early morning accident.

"Eyewitness reports indicate that the man misjudged his approach on a speed jump at the competition and impacted the water," said Bellingan.

"Advanced life support medics were on the scene and attempted to resuscitate the man, but he was declared dead."

The man's identity could not be disclosed until his family had been informed.

The Canopy Piloting World Cup, run under the auspices of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), is a competition in which the best canopy pilots from around the world compete in three events - speed, accuracy, and distance.