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Soldier killed in Eloy parachute training jump

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Soldier killed in Eloy parachute training jump

A U.S. Army soldier was killed earlier this week during a free-fall training jump in Eloy, north of Tucson, officials said.

"We are aware of an incident resulting in the death of a U.S. Army Special Operations Command soldier during a routine military free-fall training event," Lt. Col. Loren Bymer of the Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., said in a statement.

Officials said no further information would be released while the incident, which took place Monday night or early Tuesday morning, was investigated.

The body of the soldier, whose name has not been released, was recovered Tuesday.

Eloy's municipal airport is frequently used for military special operations parachute training, as well as being the home of private recreational parachute companies.

Free-fall jumps include a delay in opening a parachute after a jumper leaves the aircraft, and are often conducted from high altitude.

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