Arkady Shenker, 49, dies in New Jersey after parachute fails to open during skydive

Police say Arkady Shenker landed in the backyard of a southern New Jersey home after his parachute failed to open. (4/21/14)

MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A veteran skydiver has died doing what he loved after a routine jump took a tragic turn Sunday.

Police say 49-year-old Arkady Shenker, a Brooklyn native, landed in the backyard of a southern New Jersey home.

It is unclear whether the specialized parachute Shenker was wearing opened correctly and caused the accident. He was wearing a "wing suit," which allows a skydiver to move forward while descending.

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Officials say the experienced jumper logged more than 350 jumps in his life.

Federal authorities are currently investigating the matter.

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