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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Col. Darron L. Wright killed in Fort Bragg parachute accident

Colonel killed in Fort Bragg parachute accident
Army Times
Joe Gould
Staff Writer
September25, 2013

A paratrooper killed during a parachute training exercise Monday has been identified as 46-year-old Col. Darron L. Wright.

Wright, the 18th Airborne Corps assistant chief of staff for plans (G-5), died while conducting “a standard MC-6 parachute jump at Sicily Drop Zone,” according to a statement fromFort Bragg, N.C.

Wright, of Mesquite, Texas, is survived by his wife and three children.

Experienced jumpers and onlookers described Wright’s parachute malfunction as a cigarette roll, which requires the user to activate a reserve chute, the Fort Bragg Patch reported.

The MC-6 tactical assault parachute was introduced to replace the MC-1 series. It was designed to turn almost twice as fast as its predecessor, which allows special operators to maneuver onto smaller drop zones.

In a news release this morning, Lt. Gen. Joe Anderson, commander of 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, and others, lamented Wright’s death.
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