Man killed in Southern California skydiving accident

PERRIS, Calif.

The Press Enterprise reports that police in the city of Perris responded to reports of an air emergency at Perris Valley airport and found a man who had been hurt in a parachuting accident.

Paramedics took the man to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The man was apparently based in Yuma, Ariz., and was jumping by himself - not with the military. Family members were outside the emergency room, the Press-Enterprise reported.

The man was getting close to landing when he made a turn at low altitude, said Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld, the general manager at Perris Valley Skydiving. Such turns are prohibited below 300 feet because they increase a skydiver's speed. It's unclear what the man's altitude was, but it was apparently very low.

Brodsky-Chenfeld told the newspaper that there was no equipment failure, weather issues or collisions that caused the accident.

The man's identity has not been released.

He was the third skydiver associated with the military to die in Perris in the past two years. After a rash of major accidents in 2011 and 2012, it has been a mostly quiet year for skydiving injuries in Perris, a national mecca for the sport about 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

A U.S. Marine died in an accident near the same airport in February.

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