Marine Corps suspends certain jumps after fatal Arizona parachute accident

Marine Corps suspends certain jumps after fatal Arizona parachute accident
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The Marine Corps has suspended certain types of jumps after a Marine was killed in a parachute incident on Monday, the service announced.

The unidentified Marine was using a double-bag static line parachute at the time of the incident, which occurred at the Multi-Mission Parachute Course in Coolidge, Ariz., according to a statement from U.S. Marine Corps Training Command.

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All double-bag static line parachute operations are suspended until further notice and an investigation is underway, the command said.

That review will be followed by a formal Safety Investigation Board, which will include input from experts.

A double-bag static line jump uses a cord attached inside an aircraft. A jumper hooks their parachute line to the cord, and when they jump out of the airplane the cord hooked inside of the aircraft pulls the parachute free.

The method is meant to increase the number of missions Marines can conduct.