2 Skydivers Die After Colliding in Air Plunged almost 400 feet to their deaths By Mark Russell, Newser Staff Posted Apr 1, 2011 11:05 AM CDT 4 comments Comments Two skydivers collided over a California airport yesterday, falling hundreds of feet to their deaths. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Two skydivers died in California yesterday after their chutes collided when the two were about 300 to 400 feet in the air, causing them to plummet, reports the AP. The men were pronounced dead on the scene after emergency workers failed to resuscitate them. Patrick McGowan, 42, was an instructor with almost 20 years experience. "He had over 17,000 jumps," said the regional director of the US Parachute Association, who added that McGowan and Christopher Stasky, also 42, were training parachute instructors for the Canadian military.