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Three soldiers injured during Golden Knights training operation

Two members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights drift down while one carries the Arkansas state flag during the Thunder Over the Rock Air and Space Show at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Nov. 27, 2018. The airshow had many attractions for guests such as live music, aerial acts, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Festival and static aircraft displays. (Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell/U.S. Air Force)

Three soldiers from the Army’s parachute demonstration team are in a Miami hospital following a nighttime training accident at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Fla., according to a news release from the Army Recruiting Command. The incident occurred at about 4 a.m. Tuesday.

The injured soldiers are all members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, known as the Golden Knights, and were participating in a routine night training operation, the release stated.

The three injured soldiers were taken by air rescue to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, CBS Miami reported.

Kelli Bland, a spokeswoman for the recruiting command, said, as of 5 p.m. EST, all three soldiers remained hospitalized, with two of them in critical condition and one in serious condition.

The incident is under investigation at this time, according to the Army.

The Golden Knights is an aerial demonstration team of about 95 men and women, according to the team’s website. It includes four parachute units, an aviation unit and a headquarters, all based out of Fort Bragg, N.C.

The demonstration teams, which use five dedicated aircraft, perform at more than 100 events each year, the website stated. The tandem section is known for taking soldiers, celebrities and heads of state on jumps, and the competition section focuses on winning national and international skydiving events.

The team visits Homestead in the winter to conduct training.


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