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Soldier airlifted to hospital after accident involving Golden Knights parachuting team

Certification jump ends in hard landing for member of Golden Knights

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – One person was airlifted to the hospital Thursday morning after an accident involving the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachuting team.

The emergency call came in just after 10 a.m. from Homestead.

Sky 10 was above the scene as the victim arrived to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

1 person gets airlifted to hospital after accident involving U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachuting team.
1 person gets airlifted to hospital after accident involving U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachuting team. (WPLG)

The man appeared to be alert and responsive.

Jerry Merideth, a spokesman for the Golden Knights, said the soldier experienced a hard landing while performing a parachute certification jump, which is required annually to retain eligibility. Merideth said the soldier was listed in good condition and being held for observation at the hospital.

Thursday’s incident comes a year after two Golden Knights jumpers were seriously injured while performing a stunt called canopy relative work.

“When they came together, they became entangled. They were unable to become untangled, at which point they fell from about 2,000 feet,” Lt. Col. Ned Marsh, of the U.S. Army Golden Knights, said last year about the Feb. 12, 2019, accident.

The identity of the soldier injured in Thursday’s accident hasn’t been released.


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