PERRIS, Calif. (CBS) — A tragedy took place in the skies over Riverside County on Thursday when two skydivers collided in mid-air before falling to their deaths.

The incident happened over the Perris Valley Airport on Goetz Road, where the Perris Valley Skydiving School is housed.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Perris police arrived just before 4 p.m. at the school, where the two men were in full-traumatic arrest. The victims, whose names have not yet been released, were pronounced dead a short time later.

Riverside County said initial reports indicate the skydivers’ parachutes and canopies collided and became entangled, deflating both of them. That’s when they plummeted approximately 200-300 feet to the ground.

Perris Skydiving employees would not comment on the situation.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation. The NTSB and the FAA are working with investigators on the case.

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Comments (5)
  1. BD McGee says:

    Wow, all that room up there and they still collided.
    Sure they had done this before?

    What a couple of nads.

  2. bert says:

    ur an idiot, the idea is to be close but get away before opening, sometimes its not enough. Your the Nad!

    1. BD McGee says:

      Thanks for the expert feedback, dillweed.
      Too bad you weren’t with them, loser.

  3. Robbie says:

    They collided at 300 feet, deployment of the canopy is anywhere between 4500 and 2500 feet, depending on experience and comfort level. There is a long canopy flight down from 2500 feet to 300 feet. They were probably setting up to land. This is a tragic and sad accident. Perris is a great place to skydive and a safe operation. RIP

  4. Chill says:

    I knew Pat and he was an amazing person. He had over 17,000 jumps and was a world champion skydiver. Accidents can happen to anyone. Nothing but respect for Pat McGowan from me.

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