Freak accident injured 14 parachutists: SANDF

2011-10-01 22:47
Johannesburg - Fourteen parachutists were injured during a mass jump at an airshow at the Waterkloof Air Force Base on Saturday, the SA National Defence Force said.

"It was a freak accident and we don't know what caused it," spokesperson Colonel Petrus Motlhabane said in a statement.

He said four of the parachutists were seriously injured and were airlifted to 1 Military Hospital where their conditions were stable.

Ten others suffered minor injuries and were also taken to hospital.

All were released from hospital later in the day.

Motlhabane said the injured were members of 44 Parachute Battalion.

He said a board of inquiry would be convened.

The airshow was being held to showcase preparations for the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition being held in September next year.

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