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Richardson paratrooper collapses, dies after jump

Jan. 31, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKA — An Alaska-based paratrooper has died after collapsing following a jump.

U.S. Army Alaska officials say in a release that the soldier died Thursday night at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

The statement says there is no indication the soldier had a hard landing or that there was equipment failure during the parachute jump he completed prior to collapsing.

The Army says the soldier’s parachute had been packed away, and he was wearing his rucksack when the drop zone safety officer reached him.

He was rushed to the Anchorage hospital and underwent emergency surgery, but was pronounced dead just after 8 p.m.

The Army is investigating the death. The soldier’s name won’t be released until next of kin have been notified.

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