An experienced woman skydiver in Russia died in a tragic accident after her parachute came off.
The 45-year-old woman, who has not been named, belonged to a skydiving club. She hit the ground at terminal velocity after a backpack malfunction during a training jump Sunday near the city of Krasnodar, reported Xinhua quoting authorities.
"The information that we have is that this is a tragic accident," said Oksana Beldinova, a spokeswoman for local investigators said. "The parachute came away, the canopy separately, the woman separately."
Beldinova said there was a problem in the woman's automatic activation device, which was supposed to deploy the chute after three seconds of freefall.
"The athlete was experienced, it wasn't her first jump," she said.
It was the second death of a Russian skydiver this month after former world champion Irina Sinitsyina was killed in an accident in Perris Valley, California.