Man dies after parachute fails to open during Australian skydiving competition

The man was critically injured in the fall.
The man was critically injured in the fall. Photo credit: Getty

A man has died in a skydiving accident in Western Australia after his parachute reportedly failed to open.

The 30-year-old was competing during a skydiving championship in Jurien Bay, north of Perth on Sunday when he was critically injured.

"The man jumped from an aircraft and it is believed his parachutes failed to deploy correctly and he fell to the ground," 7 News quotes Western Australia's police as saying.

The man was reportedly an experienced skydiver and a foreign national visiting Western Australia, reports The West Australian.

He was competing in the Virtual Australian Skydiving Championships - an event hosted by the Australian Parachute federation, which this year judged entrants remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The competition was held across multiple drop zones in Australia.

"We hope that this competition will be the biggest one we've seen, due to the flexibility of being able to compete in each state," the Australian Parachute Federation's website said.