July 6, 2014 8:21 pm
Updated: July 7, 2014 1:55 pm

Skydiver dies in jump at Parachute School of Toronto


GEORGINA, Ont. – York police say a 39-year-old man died Saturday evening when his skydiving jump ended with a hard landing.

They say the man was an experienced skydiver and an instructor at the school, and that his parachute had opened.

“Anytime somebody dies as a result of recreational activity, it is worrying,” Insp. Stuart Betts says.

There have been two other fatal jumps connected to the school in the past year.

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In May, 28-year-old Alana Shamrock died after experiencing equipment failure, and last year 42-year-old Igor Zaitsev was killed after losing control of his parachute.

“Having the three togther is concerning, but at this stage we have not found any commonalities between them,” Adam Mabee, president of the Parachute School of Toronto, told Global News.

The association that regulates skydiving has no plans to take action against the school.

“It could be as simple as bad luck,” John Gustafson from the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association says.

The school won’t be flying for the next few days.

-with files from The Canadian Press

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