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Colorado Skydiver, 36, Dies After His Parachutes Fail to Deploy, Authorities Say

The victim has been identified as Gregory Coates, according to the Boulder County Coroner's Office

<p>Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty</p> A parachutist comes in for a landing at Vance Brand Municipal Airport.

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A parachutist comes in for a landing at Vance Brand Municipal Airport.
  • Gregory Coates, 36, has died after his parachutes failed to deploy while he was skydiving in Colorado on Saturday, according to authorities

  • The victim, who lived in Colorado, was wearing a wing suit at the time of the incident, Longmont Public Safety said in a news release

  • Mile-Hi Skydiving Center's website says the company “always strives to provide the safest and best skydiving experiences for everyone who visits our business"

A Colorado man died after his parachutes failed to deploy while he was skydiving, authorities said.

The Boulder County Coroner's Office has identified 36-year-old Gregory Coates as the victim involved in the incident near Vance Brand Airport in Longmont on Saturday.

The victim, who lived in a mountain community near the Denver Metro area, was skydiving with Mile-Hi Skydiving Center south of the airport when he died, according to Longmont Public Safety.

Coates “was wearing a wing suit at the time of his death,” authorities added.

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"Early information indicated that it appeared his primary and/or reserve chute were not deployed before striking the ground," Longmont Public Safety spokesperson Robin Ericson told PEOPLE in a statement.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. The Federal Aviation Administration is assisting, per authorities.

An FAA spokesperson said the agency will investigate “the packing of the main and reserve parachutes, and the rules of flight for the pilot and aircraft,” but will not determine the cause of the crash, according to NBC News.

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On its website, Mile-Hi Skydiving Center says it “always strives to provide the safest and best skydiving experiences for everyone who visits our business.” The site also claims that the company “provides the very best in aircraft, skydiving equipment, instructors and customer service.”

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The company did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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Mile-Hi Skydiving Center offers services for both first-time skydivers and those who consider themselves more advanced, per the website.

According to the website, the company is a “proud” member of the United States Parachute Association and boasts of having “the newest and nicest skydiving facilities in the region” as well as “highly qualified, nationally licensed instructors."

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