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Skydiver Falls To His Death South Of Quebec City

09/14/2011 06:46 EDT | Updated 11/14/2011 05:12 EST
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A skydiver was killed Wednesday after his parachute failed during a jump — the second fatality in less than five years at the same Quebec-area diving school.

Several witnesses called police after seeing something falling from the sky at around 3:20 p.m.

Emergency workers found the body of a man in his 30s about a kilometre away from the St-Jean-Chrysostome airport, south of Quebec City.

Lévis police spokesperson Patrice Gagnon said the man's parachute did open, but witnesses said he fell straight to the ground.

The man’s name has not been released pending family notification.

The coroner has deemed the death an error, but not "negligent."

The man was one of 12 parachutists aboard the plane.

Several other divers are now being treated for shock.

In 2008, another diver from ATMOSPHAIR skydiving school fell to his death 500 metres away from where the latest victim was found.

School officials could not be reached for comment.