POLICE Sergeant Paul Algie, 45, has been identified as the man tragically killed in a skydiving crash near the Latrobe Regional Airport on the afternoon of Saturday July 30.

Police say Mr Algie was doing a jump when he got into difficulty and crash-landed near Airfield Road around 1.15pm. Paramedics were called, but he died at the scene.

“The sergeant was well known for his happy demeanour, smiling face and willingness to help others,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said in a statement to Nine News.

“He was an avid cyclist and scuba diver and was a highly experienced and passionate skydiving instructor. He was incredibly proud to serve the community as a member of Victoria Police.”

Member for Gembrook in the Victorian Legislative Assembly and former police officer Brad Battin wrote on social media on Sunday that Mr Algie was a “great mate, copper and person”.

“Paul (Blue Green) Algie, you were loved by all mate,” Mr Battin said.

Mr Algie had been a member of the Latrobe Valley’s Commando Skydiving Club for more than two decades.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.