The athlete, Andrei Ryndin, “was one of the top ten paratroopers in Russia”, Alexander Chernyshev, president of the Parachuting Federation, told ITAR-TASS.
Ryndin was a member of the Russian parachuting team and had many times participated in world championships. He failed to control the parachute during a third jump.
“Swooping is the most spectacular but also the most dangerous sport. No more than 100 people in the whole of Russia are practicing it. He was a very talented top-class athlete and made more than a 1,000 jumps. Any mistake at a speed of 150 km per hour becomes fatal,” Chernyshev said.