Thursday, October 3, 2019

Camp Shelby Casualties

Update:  22 soldiers were injured during a night jump at Camp Shelby. The AP reported:


At least 22 soldiers have been injured as hundreds parachuted onto a Mississippi military base during a night training exercise.

U.S. Army spokesman John Pennell told WDAM-TV that the paratroopers were among 650 soldiers jumping from C-130 planes Wednesday night. Some were blown off course from their intended landing zone and into a stand of pine trees. Several became entangled in the branches and had to be rescued.

Pennell said at least 15 of the people hurt at Camp Shelby were treated by medics, and another seven were hospitalized. Staff Sgt. John Healy said none of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening.


Original post: Lici Beveridge of the Hattiesburg American reports there is a large number of casualties (no deaths) at Camp Shelby tonight. Check out her Twitter feed.  It sounds as if there was a night jump that went wrong.

Kingfish note: The Hattiesburg Patriot information was removed from this post.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

But, the article/report never says whether they were on the ground, airborne, landing, departing or what.

Anonymous said...

News this morning said they were somehow off their path and jumped into pine trees. No idea if that is the case or not.

Anonymous said...

Here ya' go: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/03/us/camp-shelby-paratroopers-injured/index.html

101st Airborne Veteran said...

Thank God no serious injuries and only 7 treated at the hospital out of about a dozen. This sounds like a Jumpmaster screwed up and some missed the drop zone. The Jumpmaster says when to stand up, hook up and go. It has to be timed exactlly for everyone to drop where they are supposed to drop. too early or too late and you miss the drop zone.

Sergeant DeezNutz said...

It was a nighttime airborne drop by the 4/25 Infantry Brigade Combat Team out of Alaska. They jumped from C130s into Camp Shelby’s drop zone and wind shifted and pushed paratroopers into pine trees. This is all part of the Arctic Anvil exercise. As of this moment there is still a Soldier stuck in a pine tree 100ft off the ground.

TheClintonscantsuicideusall said...

Agree with 7:17, but they always told us that jumping from a perfectly good aircraft carried inherent risks. Night jumps were never my favorite. Wonder how many were improper PLF (parachute landing fall), associated ankle/knee/back injuries related to bad PLF and being hung up in trees/brush etc. Hope all Troops are doing well and will have complete recovery. Not Army, but Semper Fi to all.

Anonymous said...

Prayers with the soldiers and their families. Thank you to everyone who serves whether in the military or as a first responder/medical.

Louis LeFleur said...

According the AP, the were jumping out of a C-130, there was a gust of wind, several got blown off course. 87 jumpers, 22 injured, 4 by landing in the surrounding pine trees, but no explanation of what happened to the other 18. Just fortunate no fatalities. Only 7 of the 22 were sent to the hospital, the others were treated by medics. They are part of a group of 650 from Anchorage, Alaska, in training.

PittPanther said...

Welcome to the real world, where wind doesn't behave the way you tell it to.

Anonymous said...

So..are we to assume that in 'real situations' no winds will blow? This might provide a good training example for the chalk-board next week. This will fill every Hattiesburg hotel/motel.

Anonymous said...

Gory gory what a Hell of a way to die and he ain’t gonna jump no more!
Prayers for all involved. Jumping is by it’ Nature dangerous. Jumping at night is very dangerous,

Anonymous said...

Even the previously posting airborne veteran expert can make an unfounded assumption. Blames the wind on the jump-master. Classic.

Anonymous said...

8:38, there is no such thing as a perfectly good aircraft.

They come off the assembly line broke, but still all in all there is nothing like "knees in the breeze" Loved working on em and jumping out of em!!

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