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Marine killed in training exercise near Perris Valley airport

Published On: Feb 27 2013 09:12:15 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 27 2013 10:44:00 AM CST
PERRIS, Calif. -

An investigation was under way today into the death of a U.S. Marine from Camp Pendleton who was killed in a skydiving accident near Perris Valley Airport in Riverside County, authorities said.

Firefighters were dispatched about 3 p.m. Tuesday on a report of an injured skydiver at or near 2000 Goetz Road, north of where Perris Valley Skydiving is located at the airport, according to Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.

The man was declared dead at the scene, she said.

The victim was doing training exercises at Perris Valley Skydiving with a group of Marines from Camp Pendleton at the time of his death, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

The circumstances of the accident were under investigation and the man's identity was being withheld pending notification of his family, Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Alex H. Lim told the newspaper.

The skydiver landed in a 10-acre storage yard on the grounds of construction equipment auction company Western Construction Auctions, company CEO Eric Kazakoff, told The Press-Enterprise.

"The parachute didn't open ... There was not a lot anybody could do,"he told the newspaper.