Army Ranger Strangled to Death by Own Parachute
Military officials to investigative what went wrong
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 14, 2013 5:35 PM CDT
The 25th Infantry Division on a mass tactical airborne training event.   (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Justin Connaher)

(Newser) – An Army Ranger was found dead on the ground with parachute cords wrapped around his neck after a routine training jump in southeast Georgia—and commanders hope an investigation will reveal what went wrong. The fatal jump occurred yesterday afternoon as Rangers stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah conducted parachute drills at a training range on nearby Fort Stewart. "We're not sure what caused the parachute to do this," says an Army spokesman. "It's something we've never seen before." The soldier's name is being withheld until relatives are notified.

The soldier's parachute appeared to deploy normally during the jump and nothing seemed amiss until he landed and wind filled the parachute's canopy—dragging him about 350 feet along the ground. By the time fellow Rangers reached the soldier, he was unconscious with parachute cords and canvas straps from the harness wrapped around his neck. Soldiers cut away the cords but were unable to revive him. Officials are trying to determine if the soldier became entangled in the air or after he hit the ground. Even wearing a helmet, says the spokesman, it's possible he was knocked unconscious after landing and got twisted in the cables as the parachute began to drag him.

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Jun 17, 2013 5:25 AM CDT
He safely landed, and either was pulling in the lines most toward the ground to spill the air out to keep from getting dragged and lost control and the canopy inflated dragging him or tried to stand up to get to the apex and tripped into the lines where the canopy reinflated.
Jun 16, 2013 12:04 AM CDT
"Never seen anything like it before"? This really reeks of foul play to me. The guy might have been suicidal, probably due to hazing, or his fellow soldiers may have done it to him for knowing something he wasn't supposed to know. Those guys "haze" each other to death all the time. You get a bunch of murderers together, some of them are bound to kill one another. It happens. RIP.
Jun 15, 2013 5:45 PM CDT
A young soldier died and you guys are making jokes? Exactly why I hate this place.