Philippine soldier die in skydiving activity

16:55, June 18, 2010      

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A member of the Philippine Army Parachute Team (PAPT) jumped to his death Friday morning, the military official said.

The skydiver (name witheld pending notification of the soldier' s kin) was killed after a high altitude fall in Air Force City in Pampanga in Northern Philippines. He was a participant in the Military Freefall event of the RP-US Vector Balance Piston 10-2 exercise.

He was first declared unaccounted at the dropzone during the consolidation of jumpers and his lifeless body was later found by a joint search team of Philippine Army and US Army personnel, Maj. Ronaldo Jess Alcudia of PAPT, said in a statement.

"The Exercise Directorate has assured that all safety procedures before and during the jump were observed. All scheduled jumps for today have been put on hold while an investigation is now being conducted by the Philippine Army," Alcudia said.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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