GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. - The Erie County Sheriff's Office says a skydiver was injured in an accident on Grand Island Wednesday night.
The circumstances surrounding the accident are not clear, but authorities were notified about the accident around 7:30 p.m.
Grand Island Fire Company officials said the skydiver, a man about 40 years old, experienced a "hard landing."
The Federal Aviation Administration said the parachutist struck the ground hard after jumping from an unidentified aircraft at Mesmer Airport in Grand Island.
The skydiver is in critical condition, but stable, officials said.
The incident happened on the 2500 block of Love Road and the victim was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center.
The FAA is continuing to investigate the incident.
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GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. -- A Newfane man was seriously hurt after a skydiving accident on Grand Island Wednesday.
Jeffrey Antonich remains in critical condition at ECMC Thursday morning after the incident at a neighborhood picnic Wednesday night.
The 42-year-old jumped out of a plane as part of a skydiving show at Mesmer Airport on Love Road Wednesday night. After jumping, he hit the ground at 40-50 miles per hour. He was airlifted to ECMC's trauma unit and went into emergency surgery.
Witnesses say it seemed Antonich's approach was off as he neared the ground.
"This gentleman was coming down, didn't seem to be the trajectory as the last person. Just crossed my mind that he's coming down fast and steep. In the back turn I was expecting him to pull up and flatten out as I've seen at sporting events," said Scott Williams, witness.
The FAA is investigating the incident.
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The incident happened just before 8 p.m. on Love Road. Grand Island Fire and the Erie County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene.
Grand Island Fire crews told 7 Eyewitness news the air show is part of the annual Mesmer Family Block Party. It takes place on large private lot and includes several privately-owned aircraft. The resident hosts the show for friends and neighbors.
Eyewitnesses on the scene told a 7 Eyewitness News breaking news photographer that the skydiver hit the ground and then hit his head on a plane.
The victim was put on advanced life support and taken via Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center with unknown injuries.
The victim's identity is not being released at this time.
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