Skydiver dies during demonstration jump at California event

AP News
Posted: Nov 07, 2015 9:59 PM

MADERA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a skydiver fell to his death at a California festival after his parachute got tangled as he tried to deploy it and his backup failed.

The Madera Police Department said the 65-year-old man struck the ground at the Madera Municipal Airport Saturday afternoon.

His name was not released.

A witness told the Fresno Bee ( the man's parachute was tangled as soon as he jumped out of an aircraft for a skydiving demonstration at the Pomegranate Festival.

Linda Carbon said as he was falling, wind blew the man across the sky and he landed in the parking area.

Police said the man tried to open the backup parachute, but it would not deploy properly either.

Police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the accident.