Fort Bragg death leads Army to suspend parachutes.

The Army has suspended the use of its new square…

The Army has suspended the use of its new square parachutes because of problems found after a Fort Bragg soldier died during a training jump.

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 last month because his T-11 parachute malfunctioned. Clay died during a training exercise at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

An internal Army memo says investigators found “potential packing, inspection, quality control and functionality problems” with the T-11 parachute system.

According to the memo, Secretary of the Army John McHugh ordered the suspension of the parachute’s use until a safety investigation is completed.

Source: The Associated Press

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  • AJ

    sounds like one of those so called “Training exercise” deaths. Probably the guy is in some third would country doing some black bag wet work.