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Parachute of instructor killed in skydiving accident may have deployed improperly

A skydiving instructor's parachute may have improperly deployed during his descent, according to investigators looking into the fatal accident Saturday night in Orleans County.

Authorities found Erick J. Miller's main parachute on the ground nearby but unattached to his body, the Orleans County Sheriff's Office said, citing the findings of an investigation being conducted with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Investigators said questions remain about what happened, including why the backup parachute was not deployed by Miller or "why it didn't deploy automatically as it should have," the Sheriff's Office said.

Miller, of Rochester, was pronounced dead just before 10 p.m. Saturday at the scene of the accident, off Pask Road near Pine Hill Road in the Town of Barre. Miller was an experienced instructor with more than 700 jumps completed, officials have said.

Miller and another member of the Western New York Skydiving Club flew out of the nearby Pine Hill Airport.

Investigators are still looking for information in the case. They ask anyone with information to call Investigator Kenneth Strickland at 585-590-4143.

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