Two skydivers die, one hurt after mid-air collision

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PHOENIX -- Two skydivers died and a third was hurt Tuesday after colliding in mid-air near Eloy, Ariz., according to Tucson News Now and other news organizations.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the two deaths, the Arizona Republic reports.

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The crash took place at Skydive Arizona, a facility that operates out of Eloy Municipal Airport, according to the Republic.

The three were performing a jump when they collided, Tucson News Now reports.

Witnesses said the two skydivers who died had open parachutes when they collided with each other 200 to 300 feet from the ground, causing their canopies to collapse and sending them to the ground, Eloy police Sgt. Brian Jerome told the Associated Press.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene and another pronounced dead at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center in Casa Grande, Ariz., the Associated Press reports.

One of the skydivers was flown to Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, reported to the Republic.

According to the facility's website, Skydive Arizona sits in the heart of the Sonoran Desert midway between Phoenix and Tucson. The facility was launched in 1978 by a skydiving couple and it offers the largest drop zone in the world, the site advertises. Teams Arizona Airspeed and Arizona Arsenal offer coaching from SkyDive Arizona.

(USA TODAY)

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