Skydiver dies when air pressure changes

Dec. 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A Nevada man died while skydiving when his parachute folded because of a change in wind pressure, officials said.

The man was identified as 51-year-old Richard Frazer, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Officials said Frazer was in the final stage of a lone jump Saturday when a change in pressure cause his parachute to malfunction.

"It does not appear to be an equipment failure," said Mike Murphy of the Clark County coroner's office. "This atmospheric event changed the airflow under the canopy, which caused the parachute to lose its lift and caused him to fall."

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