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22 soldiers injured in training accident at Camp Shelby

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Oct 03 2019 9:18 AM

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Nearly two dozen soldiers were injured during a nighttime airborne training exercise Wednesday at Camp Shelby.

Camp Shelby commander Col. Bobby Ginn said the troops were from the 4th Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.

Ginn said the troops were injured when they parachuted from an airplane during a training exercise around 8:30 p.m. He said the soldiers jumped from a C-130 aircraft and wind blew them away from their intended drop zone into a group of pine trees.

John Pennell, Chief of Media Relations for U.S. Army Alaska, said 89 paratroopers were aboard the aircraft for the jump exercise.

Ginn said some of the injured troops were transported by ambulance to the hospital. He also said some of the soldiers had to be rescued after their parachutes became entangled in the trees.

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