Fort Bragg death leads Army to suspend parachutes

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Submitted: Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:33pm
Updated: Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:34pm

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — The Army has suspended the use of its
new square parachutes because of problems discovered after a Fort
Bragg soldier died during a training jump last month.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that the T-11
parachutes initially were praised as safer. Tests had shown the new
parachutes provide a slower, more stable descent than the
traditional mushroom-shaped style.

Now Army investigators say Staff Sgt. Jamal Clay fell to his
death June 25 because his T-11 parachute malfunctioned. Clay died
during an 82nd Airborne Division training exercise on Fort Bragg.

An internal Army memo states that investigators found
“potential packing, inspection, quality control and functionality
problems” with the main and reserve parachutes in the T-11 system.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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