Skip to comments.U.S. Navy Seal dies in parachute accident over Hudson
Posted on 05/28/2017 3:24:18 PM PDT by SMGFan
A Navy Seal team member has died when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River. A Navy spokesman said the accident occurred shortly after noon Sunday near Liberty State Park. The parachutist was a member of an elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs. The victim wasn't identified pending notification of family.
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God bless him. His family must be devastated.
I wonder why he didn’t use his reserve chute? Too low?
RIP and prayers.
The Navy won’t reach the family before they figure it out. The surviving members of the team will be checking in with their families, and those people with a loved one on that team who don’t get a call will know it’s their son/husband/brother/father.
Oh my Lord. Heartbreaking ...prayers and love to his family.
God rest his soul. Why are our military having accidents like this? I can’t help but think that Obama’s regime did severe damage to our military.
Skydiving has a certain risk, over and above just flying; I know, my son "Ace" used to "throw out skydivers" for a living. I'm so glad he doesn't do that anymore! It's even more dangerous for the pilots than other types of commercial flying.
Has nothing whatsoever to do with Obama. Accidents happen yesterday today and tomorrow. As experienced these jumpers are they double triple quadruple check their gear before any jump. Because so many have made it appear to be so safe because of the lack of accidents there is always one that snaps you back to reality that jumping is dangerous and not relegated to a particular party
Amen. My prayers to he and his family....and everyone who loved him.
So true. I remember years ago at Eglin AFB my best friend (who was an F-15 pilot) called me one evening and said “I just want to say good night”.....I thought how strange.....within minutes of hanging up, my phone blew up as wives and girlfriends of other guys in the squadron started calling me to see if I’d heard from Sleepy. Shortly after on the news was a news flash that two F-15s from the base had had a mid-air collision; one plane made it back to the base and the other didn’t. That’s when I found out what that call meant.....he wanted me to know he was ok in case I heard about the accident......turns out that’s what happens when there’s an accident; family and friends start checking in to see who’s heard from their loved ones....
Not good. Very sorry this took place.
Prayers up for the family, friends, and associates...
I used to jump with the Leap Frogs back in the 80s. I was not a SEAL, rather a ‘guest’ as I was a HALO trained junior naval officer with more skydiving experience than most of the team members. Only a small percentage of military jumpers acquire experience on the level of thousands of jumps. Most have just the basic training and maybe a hundred jumps with minimal relative work experience when they get offered the chance to jump with the demo team. The training is focused more on the tactical applications of military free fall.
One of the most dangerous demo team maneuvers is when two jumpers (with smoke on) track away from each other then turn 180 and track past each other, forming a smoke ‘diamond’ for the spectators on the ground. When they are crossing the relative speeds can be between 60 and 120 mph. If one loses sight or misjudged, a collision can be fatal.
Not sure what may have happened on this jump. But pretty much all military jumpers today use an automatic opening device on the reserve if they fail to deploy a main before a minimum altitude, about 1200 feet. If no chute was open, some failure has occurred.
Prayers that God comfort his family and friends.
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