Man critically injured during skydiving accident

Skydive Accident - Dillingham Airfield

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A man in his 30s is fighting for his life after a skydiving accident near Dillingham Airfield.

The incident was reported shortly before noon Tuesday.

Sources tell KHON2 that the man was knocked unconscious after he hit his head on the tail of a plane.

The owner of the plane, Skydive Hawaii, says the parachute automatically deployed.

“He was a sport jumper. He didn’t have his license yet. This was actually his certification jump to get the lowest level license,” said TK Hinshaw with Skydive Hawaii “He actually landed. Because he was unconscious, he actually landed in the agricultural fields, which were freshly plowed. And he was under a reserve parachute, which lands a little bit softer than a main parachute at most times.”

The victim was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center with massive head injuries.

The company is investigating the accident.

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