173rd Airborne Brigade Soldier Seriously Injured in Skydiving Accident in Italy

U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade
U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade, conduct airborne operation after exiting a U.S. Air Force 86th Air Wing C-130 Hercules aircraft at Juliet Drop Zone, Pordenone, Italy, April 14, 2021. (Paolo Bovo/U.S. Army)

VICENZA, Italy — A soldier with the 173rd Airborne Brigade was seriously injured in a skydiving accident Sunday in an incident that killed an Italian instructor, U.S. Army officials said.

The accident occurred at about noon Sunday near the Arturo Ferrarin airport in Thiene near Vicenza. The airport hosts the private company Skydive Thiene, which did not answer the phone Sunday.

The accident resulted from the two men's parachutes becoming entangled, according to Italy 24 News, and both men plummeted to the ground.

The instructor, 38, was not named.

The soldier was being treated at San Bortolo hospital in Vicenza, a spokesman for the 173rd Brigade said.

"He has serious injuries, but we are very hopeful," Maj. Chris Bradley said. "We're praying for his safety. He's a tough guy."

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