Bulgaria military accident US Canada NATO 18 Haziran 2019 - 14:54

Canadian paratrooper dies on exercise in Bulgaria Sofia, June 18, 2019 (AFP) - A Canadian paratrooper died and three others -- one Canadian and two US soldiers - were injured in a US Army Europe-led exercise in Bulgaria, officials and media said Tuesday. One soldier was killed and three others injured jumping from a height of 400 metres (1,300 feet) late Monday, according to Bulgarian army spokeswoman Violina Valeva. The accident happened "during an airborne drop operation" at the so-called "Swift Response" exercise, the defence ministry said. Dnevnik newspaper's web edition reported that one Canadian paratrooper died and another Canadian and two US soldiers were hospitalised with non-critical injuries. The dead man's parachute failed to open at Cheshnegirovo airfield near Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second-largest city, the local website said. Three other paratroopers who were close by suffered arm and leg fractures, the website added. "Swift Response" -- a US Army Europe-directed multinational exercise -- is taking place June 11-24 in Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania with 5,600 soldiers from eight countries, including 1,495 paratroopers, involved. The annual drills test deployment of high-readiness forces into a designated area while advancing airborne interoperability among NATO allies. ds/jza/bp

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