Skydiver dies when main chute fails

PARKMAN, Ohio - A skydiver was killed Sunday when his main parachute failed to open and his backup chute did not deploy in time, a sheriff's office spokesman said.

The victim, Sgt. Robert Magnuson, was a 28-year veteran and assistant chief of the force in Canfield, near Youngstown, according to Canfield police.

Magnuson (pictured, right) and three other parachutists jumped from 10,000 feet around 2 p.m., said Lt. John Hiscox of the Geauga County Sheriff's Office. Their plane took off from the Cleveland Parachute Club, a private airstrip in Parkman Township, 33 miles southeast of Cleveland.

Magnuson's secondary chute did not deploy in time to properly slow his descent, Hiscox said. Magnuson's body was found in Troy Township, about two miles from where the group took off.

A Canfield Police dispatcher said Magnuson was a skydiving instructor. He is survived by a wife and four children, the department said.

A message was left at the parachute club Sunday night.

Investigators with the sheriff's office and the Federal Aviation Administration were to return to the scene Monday, Hiscox said.

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