Fort Bragg soldier dies in parachute accident, Army says
The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer
A Fort Bragg soldier died Monday in a parachute accident during a training exercise, officials said.
The soldier was a member of the 18th Airborne Corps.
The soldier's identity has not been released pending notification of family.
"Our prayers are with the soldier's family as they begin to work through this terrible tragedy," Fort Bragg officials said in a release.
This is the first Fort Bragg soldier to die in a parachute training accident in two years. On June 25, 2011, Staff Sgt. Jamal Clay died when he fell 800 feet to his death during a training jump at Fort Bragg's Sicily Drop Zone. Clay, 25, had jumped out of an aircraft 25 times before, and he survived two tours in Iraq before the fatal jump, Fort Bragg officials said at the time. Clay, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, died using one of the Army's newest parachutes, a T-11 model.
Early reports indicated a parachute malfunction was the blame for Clay's death.
Since Clay's death, Army officials investigated the equipment and changed training and how the parachute is packed.
Monday's accident is under investigation, officials said.