GERONIMO: Skydiver Dies in Family’s Yard During Easter Egg Hunt, Chute Failed to Deploy

Published on April 21, 2014

A 49-year-old New York man has died after his parachute failed to open during a skydiving jump.

Authorities say Arkady Shenker from Brooklyn landed in the backyard of a home after a skydiving accident in southern New Jersey.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office says it’s unclear whether the specialized parachute that Shenker was wearing during the jump around 2 p.m. Sunday opened properly.

Officials say Shenker was an experienced skydiver with more than 350 jumps.

He was wearing a ‘wing suit,’ which allows a skydiver to move forward while descending.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office says that federal authorities will investigate.

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