Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Cadet dies in US skydive accident

A British military cadet has died after being critically injured in a skydiving accident in the US

A British military cadet has died after being critically injured in a skydiving accident, an official has confirmed.

The officer cadet was seriously injured along with another cadet in the parachute accident at the Lake Elsinore Parachute Centre in southern California on Friday, but died in hospital on Monday.

Katharine Keith, communications officer for the British Consulate General in Los Angeles, said: "Two British officer cadets were involved in a parachuting accident during adventure training at Lake Elsinore Parachute Centre on Friday.

"Sadly one of the officer cadets has died from his injuries - he died on Monday.

"The other officer cadet is in a serious condition in hospital. His family are with him and they have our support."

She said the cause of the accident was under investigation by the Ministry of Defence and no other details were being released, including the ages of the cadets involved and their names.

The Ministry of Defence said it could not provide any details at this stage.

On its website, Skydive Elsinore, established in 1959, says it is "the longest running skydiving operation in North America, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 1999".

It also says it is "in full support of military parachute operations and training".

It says the pilots on staff have flown numerous groups including the United States Air Force, the Navy Seals, the United States Army, the United Kingdom's British Royal Army, the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force, and many more.

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