Instructor dies, trainee injured in skydiving accident

In this image made from a video provided by Mondelez International, Luke Aikins, center, skydives without a parachute over Simi Valley, Calif., Saturday, July 30, 2016. After a two-minute freefall, Aikins landed dead center in the 100-by-100-foot net at the Big Sky movie ranch. Aikins made history Saturday when he became the first person to leap without a parachute and land in a net instead. (Mondelez International via AP)

St. Tammany Parish, La. (AP) – A Louisiana skydiving instructor died Sunday, and his trainee injured, after he lost consciousness during a skydiving jump.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office says the instructor and trainee were performing a tandem jump on the Royal Golf Course in Slidell, Louisiana, shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday when the instructor lost consciousness after leaving the airplane. The reserve parachute opened after the main parachute belonging to the instructor did not, but witnesses say both skydivers hit the ground hard.

The male instructor was pronounced dead at the scene, and the trainee was airlifted to a New Orleans-area hospital. Police say the incident is still under investigation, but appears to be a “tragic accident.”