Tributes have poured in for a skydiver who died in a horror fall after his wingsuit failed to deploy.

Experienced Dimitri Didenko was pictured for the first time after plummeting 10,000ft to his death after tragedy struck in the Virtual Nationals Skydiving Championships near Perth, Australia.

His heartbroken friends called the 30-year-old, originally from Russia, an "absolute legend".

He was a veteran diver who had completed more than 6,000 jumps in a wingsuit, an extreme version of the sport that relies on an airfoil bodysuit rather than a traditional parachute.

Police think his suit failed to inflate properly during the competition, sending him crashing towards the ground as about 20 friends watched on in horror on Sunday, March 14.

Dimitri was pronounced dead at the scene in the resort town of Jurien Bay, and tributes poured into social media from devastated friends.

One woman said: "The world won't be the same without you" before describing him as an "absolute legend".

A man wrote: "RIP brother, definitely too young to leave, I'll see you on the other side. Fly high, Supersoviet."

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Another said: "I don't know how the heavens go, but I do know that Dimitri's spirit will continue to live on, in the people that truly knew and loved him. Forever a part of our family."

Christine Sparrow, the co-owner of Skydive Jurien Bay, said it was an "extremely sad day for the skydiving community".

She said: "We have never had a fatality in the 10 years we have operated the business here in Jurien Bay, or in any of our previous skydiving operations.

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"Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends as well as the first responders at the event."

An investigation will be conducted by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Parachute Federation while Western Australia Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

A crucial part of the investigation will be information captured on a GPS device which had been attached to Dimitri's helmet as part of the competition to judge his skydive.

The event was held virtually at seven locations around Australian this year because of Covid restrictions.

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