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'I've Never Heard of Someone Flying Into a Home Before'

2 Fort Bragg paratroopers crash in NC after missing drop zone; one critically injured

(Newser) - A training exercise for two Special Forces paratroopers went awry this week, sending them both into a North Carolina residential area instead of their intended drop zone 8 miles away. One of the paratroopers crashed into the roof of a Raeford home, in Hoke County, while the other landed in...

British Paratrooper Lands in Kitchen of Calif. Home

He crashed through roof after parachute failed to fully deploy

(Newser) - If residents of a California home hadn't been out one afternoon last week, they would have witnessed a British invasion—of their kitchen. A British paratrooper in a special forces uniform fell through the roof of the home near Camp Roberts after his parachute failed to fully deploy during...

Hundreds of Soldiers Jumped. Then Something Went Wrong

22 paratroopers injured at Camp Shelby, including some blown into trees

(Newser) - At least 22 soldiers have been injured as hundreds parachuted onto a Mississippi military base during a night training exercise, the AP reports. US Army spokesman John Pennell told WDAM that the paratroopers were among 650 soldiers jumping from C-130 planes Wednesday night. Some were blown off course from their...

Soldier Faces Murder Charges 47 Years After Bloody Sunday

18 other suspects are off the hook

(Newser) - The first charges have been laid 47 years after Northern Ireland's Bloody Sunday, when 13 demonstrators were shot and killed by British troops. A former paratrooper is charged with the murders of two men, James Wray and William McKinney, and the attempted murders of four others: Patrick O'Donnell,...

10 Russian Troops Caught in Ukraine Before Peace Talks

Moscow calls it an accident, but Ukraine thinks otherwise

(Newser) - Ten Russian paratroopers have been captured by Ukraine after crossing the border during a patrol yesterday, the AP reports. Russia says they crossed by accident, but Ukraine isn't buying it. Regardless of who's right, the detention of the men raised tensions as talks got underway in Minsk between...

Normandy Invaded Again in Final D-Day Salute

1K paratroopers dropped on beach as 70th anniversary winds down

(Newser) - Nearly 1,000 paratroopers dropped out of the sky in Normandy today—but this time they did so in peace, instead of to wrest western France from the Nazis as they did during World War II. Drawing huge crowds who braved hot weather and lined the historic landing area at...

WWII Paratrooper Finally Makes First Jump

He gets his wings more than 70 years after training

(Newser) - More than 70 years after he first trained as a paratrooper, a Canadian World War II veteran has finally jumped out of a plane. Ralph Mayville, 92, served in the elite US-Canadian "Devil's Brigade" for years but was never called upon to jump. On the weekend, he did...

Paratrooper Killed in Training Accident

Seven others injured

(Newser) - A paratrooper training exercise went terribly wrong at Fort Bragg in North Carolina today, leaving one paratrooper dead and seven others injured, Army Times and WRAL report. Five of those injured were treated for minor injuries at Womack Army Medical Center and then released, but the other two were seriously...

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