Veteran Skydiver Dimitri Didenko Plunges to His Death During Competition

An experienced skydiver has died after his parachute reportedly failed to open during a competition on Sunday.

Dimitri Didenko, 30, was competing in the Wingsuit Diving Championships in the coastal town of Jurien Bay, about 130 miles north of Perth, Western Australia, when the accident occurred.

"Between 1pm and 2.30pm, the man jumped from an aircraft and it is believed his parachutes failed to deploy correctly and he fell to the ground," West Australia Police said. "The man received critical injuries and sadly died at the scene."

Didenko was an experienced and well-known skydiver who had completed more than 6,000 jumps around the world. He often competed in a wingsuit where participants use a special jumpsuit to add surface area to the body to fly through the air.

The veteran skydiver who was born in Russia and lived in Italy was competing in the wingsuit category at the time of his death.

About 20 people, including friends, witnessed the 30-year-old's jump go awry while skydivers on the ground tried desperately to save him, according to WA Today.

Tributes poured in for the experienced adrenaline-junkie as friends and fellow skydivers remembered Didenko as a great friend and adventurer.

"Fly high," fellow skydiver M. G. Franco wrote over Instagram. "We will miss your amazing madness."

"With you, nothing was normal, quiet, boring," said another friend. "You have always been the spark that in a single nothing could cause the uproar. You leave an incredible void."

Didenko's death has rocked the small tourist town in Dandaragan Shire that is a popular spot for skydivers and other adventure enthusiasts.

Shire president Leslee Holmes said the tragedy had devastated locals.

"The [man] who unfortunately lost his life was a veteran of skydiving, 6000 jumps. The first responders, and the [people] who had to witness this, it must be absolutely chilling," she told ABC News. "For the town of Jurien Bay and the Shire of Dandaragan, this is our premium business, we attract so many people to the town."

Holmes said she understood the man was using his own equipment.

Australian Parachute Federation chief executive officer Richard McCooey said Didenko's death would be thoroughly investigated.

"Regardless of the level of experience involved, safety is paramount and we take the incident very seriously," McCooey said.

An investigation is underway as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Parachute Federation attempt to understand what led to the fatal crash.

WA Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Newsweek has contacted the Australian Parachute Federation and Western Australia Police for comment.

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File photo: A Wingsuit flyer jumps off a mountain during the 5th World Wingsuit Championship at Tianmen Mountain on October 13, 2016 near Zhangjiajie, Hunan province, China. Wang He/Getty Images