TN skydiver killed in Kentucky accident

RUSSELLVILLE, KY (AP) - An experienced skydiver from Tennessee has died in south-central Kentucky after having trouble with his parachute during the grand opening of a skydiving operation.

Logan County Sheriff's Deputy Jim Ray says 33-year-old Daniel Kopko of Hendersonville, Tenn., died of internal injuries after the dive at the Russellville-Logan County Airport.

Ray told the Daily News of Bowling Green that Kopko's parachute opened properly but that he had trouble controlling his descent.

Skydive Kentucky owner Jim Moore says Kopko was an experienced jumper with more than 1,000 skydives. Moore says one of Kopko's steering lines slipped from his hand during the jump.

The accident happened just before noon CDT Saturday and forced the cancellation of the rest of the event. Moore says it won't prevent the business from continuing with its plans in Russellville.

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