Video shows two skydivers falling to their deaths after a mid-air collision at 5,000 ft
One of the divers had seemingly died from the impact while the other died a few hours later in the hospital
Two highly experienced skydivers died after a mid-air collision 5,000 ft above the ground during a dive from a plane in the Tatarstan region of Russia.
Rushan Sibgatullin, 34, and Oleg Schelkanov, 48, were in a team of seven divers who took part in the jump over the Menzelinsky district. Both the skydivers were remarkably experienced and had completed more than 600 jumps. The Russian Investigative Committee is investigating the circumstances of the tragic accident.
The video of the jump revealed that the skydivers collided head-on in the sky. The collision caused both the skydivers to lose consciousness. The footage which was captured on the helmet camera of another diver shows the pair plummeting to the ground uncontrollably.
According to a report by The Mirror, at the moment of impact, one of the skydivers had opened his parachute and the other was in the process of doing so.
After the collision, the parachutes eventually brought the unconscious men to the ground. However, when the rescuers arrived, they found that one of the divers had seemingly died from the impact. The other diver died a few hours later in the hospital.
The accident adds to the series of the skydiving mishaps in the recent past.
Last month, two skydivers were taken to a hospital in Australia after they collided 30 meters above the ground.
In March this year, a 43-year-old man died in Mexico in a similar accident. The woman collided with another diver just before they were about to land when the ropes of their parachutes got entangled and the woman fell 10 meters down to the beach. She was taken to a hospital where she later died.