: News

Filed Under:

Accident At Fort Lee Suspends Parachute Jumps

Play associated audio

By Elliott Francis

Officials at Fort Lee are suspending parachute training while authorities investigate conditions which led to a soldier's death.

Pvt. Anthony Milo of Colorado Springs, Colo., died after becoming tangled in a power line near the base's landing zone. Army officials have not released the exact cause of death.

The 24-year-old solider had parachuted from a Blackhawk helocopter during training with 45 other members of the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade.

A spokesperson for the base says investigators are considering whether wind speed played a role in the accident.

Jump training is supposed to be canceled when winds reach 10 knots, or 11.5 mph. The National Weather Service says winds during that jump measured 15 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph.

Officials at the base say this was the first fatal parachuting accident in the history of Fort Lee.

WAMU 88.5

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

Capitol Hill Lawmakers Find Living At The Office Makes Sense, Saves Cents

Three office buildings on the House side of the U.S. Capitol serve as offices, and by night as lawmakers' apartments. Dozens of lawmakers choose to sleep in the office when Congress is in session.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.