Skydiver Killed After Landing on Roof in Perris

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A skydiver was killed Monday when he came down on the roof of a Perris house, just south of Perris Valley Airport. The fatality occurred about 3 p.m. in the 200 block of Caldera Street, near Goetz Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The parachutist, whose identity was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The victim made a jump from an aircraft reportedly associated with the skydiving academy located at the airport, which is less than a mile northeast of where the hard landing occurred.

No one at the residence was injured, but it was unclear whether the home sustained damage. The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the death. Skydiving around Perris Valley Airport is a routine occurrence, and in good weather, most commercial and recreational air traffic is routed away from the space within three or four miles of the field due to the regularity of jumps and potential conflicts.

Three parachuting exercises in the vicinity of the airport resulted in fatalities in the last five years.

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