Report: Negligence led to paratrooper's death during jump
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A report from Army investigators has determined that a 21-year-old paratrooper from New York died in a 2014 jump from a broken neck after becoming tangled in another jumper's lines.
The Fayetteville Observer obtained the Army's report into Sgt. Shaina Schmigel's death through the Freedom of Information Act. According to the paper, the report says negligence led to Schmigel become tangled in the suspension lines of the next jumper during training at Fort Bragg on May 30, 2014.
Investigators say the jump master failed to inspect the static lines of Schmigel's parachute. They said the chute didn't open properly and Schmigel was towed behind the C-17 she jumped from before becoming entangled and breaking her neck seconds later.
Investigators say the jump master was permanently removed from those duties.