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Man from United Kingdom dies in Arizona skydiving crash

TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a man from the United Kingdom has died in a skydiving crash in northern Arizona.

Coconino County sheriff’s officials identified the man Tuesday as 55-year-old Christopher Swales.

Deputies were called Sunday to Grand Canyon National Park Airport about two men injured after skydiving in tandem.

Authorities say Swales was found unconscious on the ground and later died at a hospital.

The other man suffered a broken leg. His name hasn’t been released.

Sheriff’s investigators say Swales purchased a package from a skydiving company at the airport that included a tandem jump.

They say the men encountered difficulties when approaching the landing area and they were in free-fall before hitting the ground. It’s not known how long they were falling.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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