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Chicago Man Dead in Puerto Rico Skydiving Accident

A Chicago man died in a skydiving accident in Puerto Rico on Saturday.

Details about the Skydiving Accident in Puerto Rico

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a 58-year-old man died on Saturday in a skydiving accident that happened when he apparently had trouble controlling the parachute after it opened.

According to police, Gaby Ferraca died on Saturday morning at the 14th annual skydiving festival at the Arecibo Regional Airport.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration, local police, and prosecutors are currently investigating the circumstances of the accident.

An organizer for the event, Jason Gonzalez said that this accident was the first death associated with the skydiving festival in 15 years.

Gonzalez further said that Ferraca was an experienced skydiver and that he attributed the accident to a pilot error and that no technical malfunctions took place – the circumstances of the accident remain under investigation, however.

Despite the accident, the festival, which attracts skydivers from the United States and Europe will continue through Monday.

Important Information about Skydiving Accidents

According to the United States Parachute Association (USPA):

  • There were a recorded 24 skydiving fatalities in the United States in 2014 out of about 3.2 million jumps.
  • The USPA reports that, according to the National Safety Council, someone is more likely to get struck by lightning or stung by a bee than be killed while skydiving.
  • There was no change in the number of skydiving fatalities from 2013-2014.

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