Errors, Inexperience Blamed in Navy SEAL Parachute Death

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson. Navy SEALs make a practice jump.

CORONADO, Calif. — A Navy investigation into last year's death of a SEAL during parachute training blames errors made by supervisors, as well as the relative inexperience of the 29-year-old who was killed.

Jason Kortz of Colorado plummeted to his death after his main parachute got tangled during a high-altitude jump in March 2015.

The San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday cited a Naval Special Warfare probe that finds Kortz's body position was wrong when he exited the aircraft.

The top Navy SEAL, Rear Admiral Brian Losey, wrote that Kortz's superiors allowed the inexperienced parachutist to participate in a complex jump before he was ready.

But the probe found there was no single cause or one person responsible for the incident.

SEAL officials say training has been changed to include a more gradual progression toward difficult jumps.


Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune,

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