Bergen man killed while skydiving in Perry


PERRY, N.Y. (WROC) – A Bergen man was killed on Saturday while skydiving in Perry.

New York State Police said the skydiver jumped at the Warsaw-Perry Airport at around noon with a group.

According to police, the pilot noticed the first set of jumpers were straying away and noticed a line that was tangled, and called the police.

Police said the victim, 68-year-old Richard S. Cordaro, landed near the intersection of Adrian Road and Soper Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Police, Cordaro flew out of the airport with three others. All four individuals jumped from the plane. The other three landed safely.  Cordaro had over 45 years of skydiving experience.

Cordaro’s parachute opened normally but then became tangled.  Troopers attempted life-saving measures. Rochester Skydivers was the company involved in this incident.

New York State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration are continuing their investigation.

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