- Three soldiers were injured in an accident during a routine night time parachute training exercise early Thursday morning.
- They are members of the US Army Parachute Team, also known as the Golden Knights, a spokesman for the US Army told INSIDER.
- The local NBC6 news channel reported that the three soldiers were training for a HALO jump, which involves jumping from as high as 14,000 feet then waiting longer than usual to open the chute.
- The soldiers have all been taken to hospital. Their conditions and the circumstances of teh accident remain unknown.
Three US soldiers were injured during a parachuting training exercise at a US Air Force base in Miami-Dade County, Florida, around 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
The soldiers are all members of the US Army Parachute Team – nicknamed the Golden Knights – and were taking part in a routine night training operation, a spokesman for the US Army told INSIDER in a statement.
The US Army referred to the incident as a “training accident.”
The three injured victims were training for a HALO – High Altitude, Low Open – jump at Homestead Air Force Reserve Base, the local NBC6 news channel reported, citing unnamed sources.
HALO jumps involve jumping from as high as 14,000 feet then waiting longer than usual to open the chute.
The US Army declined to comment on the nature of the exercise, but said the accident was under investigation.
All victims are being treated at a trauma center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida.
Local WPLG news anchor Eric Yutzy tweeted photos of rescue workers transporting stretchers to an air ambulance.
— Eric Yutzy (@EricYutzyWPLG) February 12, 2019
The victims’ conditions are not known.
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