More than 30 soldiers injured in parachute training exercise in Germany; 10 hospitalized |

More than 30 soldiers injured in parachute training exercise in Germany; 10 hospitalized

BERLIN (AP) – Thirty-two American soldiers were injured Thursday in a parachute jump at a training range in Germany, officials said. Ten of the GIs were hospitalized.

There were no fatalities, said Carl Kropf, chief of public affairs for U.S. Army Europe.

The most seriously hurt soldier suffered head injuries and was in a stable condition in an intensive care ward at a nearby hospital, according to Capt. Jeff Settle, a spokesman for the 7th Army Training Command at Grafenwoehr in southern Germany, where the exercise took place.

The troops had jumped from C-130 propeller-driven aircraft from about 1,500 feet at about 6 p.m. (noon EDT). But details on what went wrong with the jump weren’t immediately available.

”They may just have had a hard landing. It’s been very dry here,” Settle said. ”It was a normal training jump. The wind was within the limits and we don’t know of any external factors” that may have contributed.

Settle said injuries ranged from twisted ankles to concussions. He declined to identify any of the soldiers or give further details of their condition, and said a family support group was contacting their relatives.

Officials said the injured were among 400 paratroops from the Southern Europe Task Force, based at Vicenza, Italy, who were undergoing routine training at Grafenwoehr.

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