Sad military news to report as an Army parachutist and 14-year veteran has died from injuries he received during a mid-air stunt. The Army parachutist and member of the Golden Knights, Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood, was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. On Saturday, Hood collided in midair with a member of the Navy’s precision skydiving team during a stunt at the Chicago Air & Water Show.
“The Knights are a very close knit team and the military skydiving community is equally close; we will support Corey’s family and each other during this difficult time,” Col. Matthew Weinrich, commander of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, said in a statement.
Members of the Golden Knights U.S. Army skydiving team were put on “safety stand down” and headed to Fort Bragg, NC where they will have access to counseling and chaplains as they deal with the tragic loss of Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood.
Remembering Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood
Hood was a 14-year veteran who served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his years of service, the Army parachutist received numerous awards including two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medal, the Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder, Air Assault and Combat Action Badges.
Hood began jumping with the Army’s Golden Knights in 2010 and had logged over 500 free fall jumps.
“One thing I do know is that if Corey had to go, and you’d have asked him how he wanted to go, he would have told you he would have wanted to go jumping,” said close friend Ben Humphrey, who grew up next door to Hood, spending a childhood together playing baseball and football and video games. “Corey loved — loved — jumping into (stadiums) and into events, making people smile.” (Quote from Chicago Tribune)
Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood, who was 32, is survived by his wife Lyndsay.
Mid-Air Accident Kills Army Parachutist
Here’s an account of the accident from Fox News which killed Hood.
The Army Golden Knights and Navy Leap Frogs parachute teams were performing what is known as a “bomb burst” Saturday when the collision occurred, Dixon said. During the stunt, parachutists fall with red smoke trailing from packs and then separate, creating a colorful visual in the sky.
Hood collided with the Navy skydiver and was knocked unconscious, “which resulted in an uncontrolled offsite landing,” Dixon said in a statement.
Spectator Heather Mendenhall told the Chicago Tribune she was watching the show from a rooftop and saw Hood strike the roof of a high-rise building next door with his feet and then fall — his parachute trailing behind him.
“His legs caught the tip of the roof, and then he fell over. It was horrible,” she told the newspaper.
The other parachutist, who has not been identified, landed on a beach near the main viewing area for the show, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Juan Hernandez said Saturday. He was treated for a broken leg.