ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) -
22 Alaska-based U.S. Army paratroopers were injured Wednesday night during a jump exercise in south Mississippi, a spokesman for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richard said.
U.S. Army Alaska spokesman John Pennell said the soldiers were taking part in a night parachute jump as part of a training exercise called Operation Arctic Anvil.
Pennell said 22 Alaska-based soldiers were injured when they landed in trees. 15 were treated by medics at the scene, and seven were taken to local hospitals. Pennell did not have details on the extent of the injuries, but the Mississippi National Guard said that none have any life-threatening injuries.
According to the Mississippi National Guard, the incident occurred near Camp Shelby, Mississippi when 87 paratroopers landed off course in a wooded area resulting in injuries. 23 of them were sent to a nearby hospital, four of whom remain in the care of the hospital.
WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi reported that Camp Shelby commander Col. Bobby Ginn said the troops were injured when they parachuted around 8:30 p.m local time. He said the soldiers jumped from a C-130 aircraft and wind blew them away from their intended drop zone into a group of pine trees.
Pennell said there are about 3,000 soldiers from the 4/25 in south Mississippi for the training exercise. "There will be a safety investigation to determine the causes involved in the incident" Pennell said, adding that it's too early to speculate as to what went wrong.
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