Video: Skydiver dies and another seriously injured in mid-air collision

Sibson Airfield where a parachutist died yesterday.
Sibson Airfield where a parachutist died yesterday.
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A man in his 50s has died and another in his 20s is seriously injured after colliding with each other while skydiving at Sibson Airfield, near Peterborough.

The deceased man, aged 53 and from London, was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision about 50 feet above the ground yesterday (Saturday, September 22) which caused their parachutes to collapse.

The other man, a 28-year-old from France, was left with severe spinal and lower leg injuries and airlifted to hospital.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) was called to Sibson shortly after 3.30pm and immediately dispatched two ambulances and a manager to the scene followed by a request to the emergency medical charity Magpas to send its air ambulance because of the seriousness of the incident.

A Magpas spokeswoman said: “Sadly, despite all the best efforts of the Helimedix, including advanced level care and attempted resuscitation, a man was pronounced dead at the scene, our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”

An EEAST spokeswoman added: “Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and loved ones. We wish the second casualty all the best for a good recovery.”

The Magpas team sedated and anaesthetised the second man and then flew him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

He is said to be in a serious, but stable condition.

The British Parachute Association (BPA) are investigating the incident and were on site together with police yesterday.

A spokesman for UK Parachuting Sibson said: “We ask to wait for the outcome of the investigation by the British Parachute Association before commenting.”

The BPA have been unavailable for comment.