UPDATE: Wichita man dies in skydiving accident

A Wichita man has died in an apparent skydiving accident in eastern Kansas.

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OTTAWA, Kan. (KCTV) -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said a 54-year-old man died in a skydiving accident.

Authorities say the body of Brad Giffin, of Wichita, was discovered in an open field near Nebraska Road and K-68 Highway about 7 p.m. Saturday. His body was found about a mile from where he was supposed to land.

Giffin was an experienced skydiver who had logged more than 500 jumps.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be involved in the ongoing investigation.

Hundreds of people skydive every year. It can be an exhilarating and relatively safe experience, but there are precautions that divers must take to make sure nothing goes wrong.

Chris Hall makes a living by teaching people how to jump out of an airplane from thousands of feet in the air, and he knows just how much fun it can be.

But that the sport carries some inherent risks.

In the last 25 years, digital barometers that can automatically deploy a chute have made the sport exponentially safer.

Chutes are better designed with better materials and more fail-safe mechanisms.

Hall said he has recorded more than 5,000 jumps in 24 years - every one worth the risk.

He doesn't know the skydiver who died, but he hopes that he and other skydivers might be able to learn from the accident to make future jumps safer.

Giffin's death is the second skydiving death in the Midwest in less than a month. Just a few weeks ago, someone was killed while skydiving in Wisconsin. That skydiver missed the landing spot as well.

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