Soldier dies when parachute fails to open

2011-02-21 21:25

Bloemfontein - A member of the SA Army Air Defence Artillery died on Monday when his parachute failed to open during an exercise, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) said.

Spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said the incident happened during Exercise Young Eagle at De Brug training area in Bloemfontein.

The annual army exercise is held to train and exercise the SA Army’s airborne and air assault forces to enhance airborne capability and combat readiness.

Dlamini said a board of inquiry had been convened to investigate the incident. The police were also investigating.

Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, the Secretary of Defence Mpumi Mpofu and acting SANDF chief Lieutenant General Temba Matanzima extended their condolences to the soldier's family.

  • Grazy - 2011-02-21 21:29

    Bad one, condolences to the family and unit.

  • Moses - 2011-02-21 22:39

    akwe hlanga kungehlanga lala kahle qhawe lesizwe

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-21 23:09

    Reserve drill? Condolences to family and friends.

  • Stofbolletji - 2011-02-22 01:40

    Thoughts are with the family. Hartseer dag vir die SA weermag.Sterkte aan die familie.

  • JF - 2011-02-22 06:46

    Shame. Bad one.

  • JF - 2011-02-22 06:46

    Shame. Bad one.

  • zip reeper - 2011-02-22 08:23

    all these unnecessary jumps to impress the defence big wigs are a recipe for disaster. how often do we actually need paratroops to invade countries?

      Flee - 2011-02-22 08:27

      WTF... You never know, touch wood never, but one day their services may be needed, and what good would the paratroopers be if they had never done a jump... Get Real Zip... Condolences to the family and regards to the SA-ADA

      THX1148 - 2011-02-22 08:31

      That's a stupid question. Troops need to be READY when needed, not TRAINED when needed. And whether it was a "show" jump in front of dignitaries or an isolated "training" jump, makes no difference. A 'chute can fail to open anytime. What's more of interest is why his reserve chute didn't save him. Maybe he deployed it too early or too late, which points to a flaw in his training. Hence the reason for the training jumps. Condolences to the family from me too.

      Darter - 2011-02-22 09:57

      So you want them to start training a few days before we actually need them? Really? Your comment makes perfect sense.....

      armosyn - 2011-03-09 09:12

      jip, netnou val Lesotho of Botswana ons binne, en dan?;-)

      The Patriot - 2011-03-09 15:42

      Your knowledge of military matters astounds me. go back to your kennel and bark at postmen.

      Flasheart - 2011-06-23 22:03

      South African troops have been operating regularly under contact conditions in Congo and Sudan and a few other remote spots for the last few years. Training such as this is not meant to impress anyone. While this SANDF is nothing compared to the old one I still have all the respect to those doing the business and jumping out of planes and knowing the risks. RIP Soldier.

  • rethan - 2011-02-22 08:34

    I had a feeling this was going to happen when i read the story about them jumping yesterday.

  • TheNewSA - 2011-02-22 09:18

    Condolences mate. Blue skies

  • Hopnop - 2011-02-22 10:05

    RIP, condolences to his family, friends and unit!!

  • Thangy - 2011-02-22 10:30


  • wattalotokak - 2011-02-22 11:11

    Condolences to the family...! BUT I must share something - when I saw the article yesterday my first thought that came into my mind was: I wonder how many parachutes fail to open..! It is SAD!

  • gbrits2009 - 2011-02-22 12:24

    He took the plunge for his country ... RIP

  • lakhan7 - 2011-02-22 12:53

    Sorry to hear. ...are paratroopers equipped with back up shoots? need more info.

  • ji - 2011-02-22 14:30

    i believe i can fly , i believe i can touch the sky ..... NOT

      Wedfew - 2011-03-09 13:29

      no way you heartless freak...

      Wayne - 2011-06-24 10:27

      Meat bomb....

  • exocist - 2011-03-09 09:03

    please excuse my stupidity but i remember that it was only paratroopers and specialforce (RECCES) who did jumps in the old days why is an air defence artillery personel doing jumps? it does not make sense isn't air defence artillery a land based unit?

      Tatunka - 2011-03-09 09:29

      They jump with 140mm artillery mortars. When I did my military conscription some 25 years or so back, I was in the artillery, but did the jump course specifically to be able to jump with the 140mm mortar. One guy jumps with the barrel and sights, another (usually a strong brute) with the heavy base plate and another is the ammo donkey.

      The Patriot - 2011-03-09 15:48

      No mention of him trying to deploying his reserve chute? Not a good day for the regiment.

      exocist - 2011-03-09 16:51

      thanks TATUNKA

  • Wedfew - 2011-03-09 13:28

    WTF who packed the chute ... investigate...

      Wayne - 2011-06-24 10:27

      Possibly forgot to pack it.

  • Sakkie - 2011-11-12 17:17

    Sorry, I am old school but in those days we jump on static line and the shoot was opened for you. Was this drilled changed or did he not hoocked up when the command was given. Condolences.

  • Maxwell - 2011-11-12 17:51

    Condolonces to the family, this is human error so some guys in the army should stop smoking dagga as this is the result of it. Dagga is another cigarette

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