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Fatal SEAL skydiving accident is the fifth in four years for the elite unit | NavyTimes
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Fatal SEAL skydiving accident is the fifth in four years for the elite unit | NavyTimes

The stunning accident that claimed the life of a Navy SEAL and elite parachutist on Sunday during New York City’s annual Fleet Week was the SEALs’ fifth jump death since 2013, a fatality that could renew safety concerns that have drawn the attention of the top brass at U.S. Special Operations Command in recent years.

Special Warfare Operator 1 st Class Remington Peters died during a free-fall jump near Liberty Island in New York City after, the Navy said in a release, “his parachute malfunctioned.” Peters’ death was the first for the special operations community since five operators across the SOCOM enterprise died in jump accidents in 2015. That spike prompted the brass to call a temporary halt to all free-fall training while the command reviewed its procedures and re-qualified all its instructors and operators in the high-risk jumps.

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