Israeli Soldier Injured in Moderate Condition in Parachuting Accident During Training

Israel Defense Forces suspends all parachute jumps for the next 36 hours

IDF paratroopers training.
Ilan Assayag

An Israel soldier suffered moderate injuries in a parachuting accident on Wednesday near Rosh Pina Airport, in northern Israel. The accident occurred when the soldier was training with his unit. He was taken to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center by medevac helicopter while under sedation and artificial respiration. Army officials say the soldier missed his landing target and hit a concrete barrier.

Maj. Gen. Yaaakov Barak, chief of Ground Forces Command, ordered the immediate suspension of all parachute jumps in the military for 36 hours while the incident is under investigation.

The army has already ruled out the possibility that weather conditions or technical malfunction caused the soldier to miss his landing target.

The parachute used in the soldier’s unit has relatively sophisticated controls, suggesting that the soldier himself was responsible for the accident.

Dr. Shahar Groner, a trauma physician at Rambam, said that the soldier suffered head injuries and a number of broken bones in his face.

In related news, on Tuesday a soldier on a parachuting training exercise had to use his reserve chute when his primary parachute failed to open. The soldier, who was not injured in the incident, was taking part in exercises near Palmahim, south of Tel Aviv. All military jumps were suspended for 24 hours in the wake of the incident.