CASA GRANDE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The FAA says a skydiving instructor was killed during a tandem jump near Casa Grande on Friday.
A female student was also injured during the in the accident. She was taken to the hospital but her condition is not known.
According to Ian Gregor, communications manager for the FAA Pacific Division, a FAA safety inspector was sent to the accident site Friday afternoon to investigate what happened.
"The FAA's skydiving accident investigations typically focus on whether the instructor was properly certificated [sic] and whether the parachutes were properly packed by the appropriate person," Gregor said in a statement.
Phoenix Skydive Center confirmed on Monday that the accident is connected to their school.
Air traffic control audio showed the pilot radioing in when he knew something was wrong.
"Uh...airplane on final. We lost the skydivers somewhere northeast of the air field. Haven't been able to find them," you can hear the pilot say over the call.
"Unable to locate them on the ground. Wondering if any airplanes in the area could fly over there and see if you see a chute on the ground somewhere?" the pilot said.
The FAA did not say what went wrong, but the pilot radioed that he noticed something about the parachute.
"I know it was open early. I don't know what condition it was in on the way down," he said.
At that point planes began searching where the wind may have taken them.
"The chute deployed at 9,000 feet and so the wind drifted. It'd be just northeast somewhere," the pilot said.
Other pilots changed their routes to help.
"I can go over there on my way back up to Chandler," said one pilot.
"Okay we appreciate it. They may be injured," the pilot of the plane they jumped from said.
The identity of the male instructor has not been released. He is from out of the country, according to Phoenix Skydive Center.
The jump aircraft was a Cessna 182H, tail number N2379X.