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Skydiver killed as two parachutes fail

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Tony Moore

An experienced parachutist has died after his chute failed to open during a skydive west of Brisbane.

It is understood the 67-year-old man from Plainlands, west of Ipswich, died when both his main parachute and his reserve chute failed to open during his solo jump at about 3.40pm yesterday.

An investigation into the man’s death will be prepared for the state coroner’s office.

Police would only confirm that a parachutist in his sixties had died from injuries received as a result of his fall when his parachutes did not open.

A police and ambulance spokeswoman confirmed the incident occurred at the Ripcord Skydivers Drop Zone at Crowley Vale, between Ipswich and Toowoomba.

Ambulance crews arrived at the drop zone, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene, the spokeswoman said.

The man had jumped several hundred times and was regarded as an experienced parachutist, according to media reports from the drop zone.

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