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Parachutist falls to his death in Lake Elsinore

A 62-year-old skydiver was killed Saturday after he became entangled in a parachute and plummeted into a Lake Elsinore backyard, authorities said.

Ken Oka, of Mira Loma, was performing a maneuver with a group of skydivers shortly after 3 p.m. when he got ensnared in the chute and couldn’t free himself, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

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Oka landed in the 19000 block of Sweetwood Lane and was pronounced dead at a hospital, the department said.

A sheriff’s investigation is underway. The department said the Federal Aviation Administration will conduct a separate inquiry.

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