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US Army soldier charged for Humvee air drop gone wrong

Humvees depart a U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 6, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cory D. Payne)
July 06, 2017

A U.S. Army soldier has been charged with destruction of government property and making a false statement after three Humvees plummeted to the ground from a C-130 during a parachute drop in Germany in 2016.

Sgt. John Skipper of 1st Battalion, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy, was charged in May for playing a part in the destruction of the three Humvees, Stars and Stripes first reported.

Maj. Juan Martinez announced the news Tuesday.

The video of the failed Humvee drop went viral in April 2016, and it showed the vehicles slip from their parachute harnesses in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany.

According to Stars and Stripes, the charges indicate that a military equipment malfunction was not the reason the Humvees slipped from their harnesses.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft dropped roughly 150 supply bundles, vehicles, communications equipment and weapons systems during the Saber Junction 16 exercise.

There is a pending recommendation on whether to proceed to court-martial following an Article 32 probable cause hearing later this July, the newspaper reported.

The maximum charges for destruction of government property are dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and 10 years in prison.