Man killed in parachute jump accident in Perthshire

A 56-year-old man has died after his parachute failed to open during a jump at a Perthshire airfield.

David Ball from the Barnton area of Edinburgh plunged to the ground at Strathallan Airfield at around 1pm on Saturday.

It is understood his parachute had failed after he jumped from Strathallan Skydiving's Cessna aircraft.

A spokesman for Tayside Police said: "Shortly after 1pm, Tayside Police responded an incident at Strathallan Airfield near to Auchterarder where a 56-year-old man sustained fatal injuries following a parachute jump.

"Enquiries are continuing today with the assistance from representatives of the British Parachute Association.

"As with all sudden deaths, a full report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal. The family of Mr Ball request that their privacy be respected at this sad time."

Kieran Brady, chairman of Skydiving Strathallan — who operate the airfield, declined to comment on the incident on Sunday.

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said they had attended at the airfield at around 1pm on Saturday.

He said: "We were in attendance but it was primarily a police incident.

"The man was declared dead at the scene and no casualties were uplifted."

Strathallan Skydiving has been the scene of a string of incidents over recent years.

Last February an 18-year-old man plunged 3500ft into the ground and survived after his lines became tangled during a jump.

While in August 2011, Zoe Sievwright, of Dundee, was completing a solo dive for charity at the airfield when both her main and reserve parachutes failed to deploy.

She plummeted to the earth and again miraculously survived.

In 2001 Craig Paton, from Kilmarnock, also amazingly survived a similar incident.

He was left in a critical condition after hitting the ground at 40mph but made a full recovery however in May 2004 diver Alastair McLaren died at the airfield after apparently sabotaging his own parachute to take his own life.

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