State Troopers investigating skydiving death in Wyoming County

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TOWN OF PERRY, N.Y. (WIVB)– A 68-year-old man is dead after a skydiving accident in the Town of Perry.

A spokesperson for the state police confirms that Richard S. Cordero of Bergen, fell to his death when his parachute got tangled within itself after deployment.

Officials say Cordero flew out of the Perry Warsaw Airport with three others around 12:04 p.m. Cordero’s parachute opened normally but then became tangled.  Troopers attempted life saving measures but Cordero was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other three people landed safely. Cordero had over 45 years of skydiving experience and was not affiliated with Rochester Sky Divers, the company the group went through for skydiving.

The FAA is assisting with the investigation and sent the following statement to News 4.

” The FAA’s role is limited to inspecting the parachute rigging. We do not determine the cause of the accident unless it would involve the rigging.”

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