UPDATE: Another skydiver dies in parachuting accident in York Region

For the third time in a year, a skydiver has died in Georgina at the Parachute School of Toronto.

For the third time in a year, a skydiver has died in Georgina at the Parachute School of Toronto.

York Region police say a 39-year-old man died Saturday evening after he landed hard during a skydiving accident. 

Insp. Stu Betts says that the experienced skydiver's parachute was open.

Newstalk 1010 spoke to the president of the Parachute School of Toronto. Adam Mabee was on the ground on saturday and watched the incident happen. He said the man was trying to do a trick as he was landing.

“Highly experienced jumpers will make their landings more interesting and more exciting but doing a high speed-landing… coming in and swooping across the grass in the landing area here,” said Mabee.

He added that the man was jumping from about 13 000 feet in the air, which is one of the highest jumps the school will conduct.

There have been two others deaths in the past year connected to the school.

28-year-old Alana Shamrock died in May after experiencing equipment failure. She was with her boyfriend when she jumped from a plane about 5,500 feet above the ground. 

Last year, 42-year-old Igor Zaitsev was killed after he lost control of his parachute. 

Mabee said typically, across the sport, there is one fatality for every 100 000 jumps. His school has seen three in about 10 000 jumps. 

“There are no common threads among things that have happened. It just seems to be a whole bunch of bad luck,” said Mabee.

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