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Army Skydiver Killed In "Hard Landing"

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A 29-year-old Army skydiver died yesterday in a skydiving crash at Perris Valley Skydiving in the Riverside city of Perris.

According to KTLA, the man was Jason Granger of Yuma, Ariz.

The Press-Enterprise reports that Granger, an Army skydiver who also trains others to jump, made a sudden turn when he got close to the ground.

His parachute deployed normally and there was no sign that anything had gone wrong, police said, but jumpers are prohibited from turning when they're less than 300 feet from the ground because turning increases speed. (Police weren't sure if he was below 300 feet when he made the turn, but they said his elevation was low.) Granger hit the ground hard and was transported to Menifee Valley Medical Center, where he died.

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Granger was jumping alone after a day of jumping with his family. He was jumping for pleasure Friday, not for the Army, the Press-Enterprise reports.

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