Tusayan, AZ – Man Dies in Skydiving Accident at Grand Canyon Airport

Tusayan, AZ – Man Dies in Skydiving Accident at Grand Canyon Airport

Tusayan, AZ (September 13, 2019) – One man has died following a skydiving accident at the Grand Canyon National Park Airport.

According to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened on the morning of September 8th. Two men, who had been skydiving in tandem, were injured in the accident. One of those men suffered a broken leg and was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center. The other man was unconscious when he was discovered by Coconino deputies.

Paramedics performed CPR at the scene, but he was not able to be resuscitated. The deceased, 55-year-old Christopher Swales, was from the United Kingdom and had just purchased a skydiving package from Paragon Skydrive, which is based at the airport. The package that Swales purchased included a tandem jump with a skydiver from Paragon.

Coconino County officials said the skydive reportedly had been going as planned but that the pair experienced difficulties as they approached the landing area. These issues caused both men to free fall and hit the ground after an unknown distance.

Authorities are still investigating the accident, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is also investigating the incident. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Christopher Swales at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery. 

Wrongful Death in Arizona 

According to Arizona law, a wrongful death is caused by neglect or a “wrongful” act. Wrongful death cases are brought to court when the decedent could have filed a personal injury case based on negligent or wrongful conduct that caused their death.

After a fatal accident, families are often left with financial difficulties and the emotional trauma of losing their loved one. If you have a loved one who has died as a result of another party’s negligent actions, you should contact a wrongful death attorney to review your options.

At ELG Law, our team of attorneys is dedicated to helping you get the justice you deserve after your loved one has passed away due to the actions of another. Our experienced, highly-skilled attorneys have spent years fighting for both victims and their families. Contact us to set up your free consultation at (623) 562-3838.

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