Fort Bragg soldier dies in training exercise

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Officials at Fort Bragg say an 18th Airborne Corps soldier has died in a parachute accident during a training exercise.

A statement from the Army post says the soldier's identity has not been released pending notification of family. The accident is under investigation.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/18QmAlg) the soldier's death is the first in a parachute training accident in two years.

Staff Sgt. Jamal Clay died on June 25, 2011, when he fell 800 feet to his death during a training jump at Fort Bragg's Sicily Drop Zone.

Clay was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. Officials said he died using one of the Army's newest parachutes. Early reports blamed a parachute malfunction for Clay's death.

Since then, Army officials changed training and how the parachute is packed.

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