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New York State police: experienced skydiver killed after parachute malfunctions

Posted: 1:41 PM, Jul 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-28 11:37:22-04
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TOWN OF PERRY, N.Y. (WKBW) — State Police say an experienced skydiver died after his parachute malfunctioned in the Wyoming County Town of Perry near Soper Road Saturday afternoon.

Police say 68-year-old Richard Cordaro of Bergen jumped out of a plane that took off from the Perry-Warsaw Airport. His parachute deployed normally but then became tangled.

Cordero was pronounced dead at the scene, he had more than 45 years of experience as a skydiver.

Several other people also jumped out of the plane, all of them landed safely.

State Police and the FAA are investigating his death.