An investigation into the death of Col. Darron Wright during a training jump on Fort Bragg last year led to the discipline of six people and prompted more than 20 changes across airborne operations, including planning, parachute packing procedures and medical coverage at drop zones.
The findings and recommendations were outlined in a 219-page investigative report by Brig. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, then-deputy commanding general for operations for the 82nd Airborne Division. The report was obtained by The Fayetteville Observer under the Freedom of Information Act.
Wright, an 18th Airborne Corps assistant chief of staff, died Sept. 23, 2013, in a training jump at Sicily Drop Zone.
Wright, 45, of Mesquite, Texas, was part of a small group of command staff using MC-6 parachutes.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/review-of-fatal-jump-leads-to-discipline-for-six/article_9cdd1c95-408c-581e-bbae-9e1ca7ce4dc7.html
A year ago, Col. Darron Wright jumped from a Fort Bragg plane with a group of other officers.
The group used different parachutes and missed the pre-jump practice other jumpers went through.
A soldier responsible for jump safety considered scratching them.
A colonel criticized them for being late.
But the group jumped anyway. And Wright fell to his death.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/how-a-jump-turned-fatal-at-fort-bragg/article_b6c52344-ccff-5e52-95f7-28e4952d73c0.html
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