Paratrooper killed in training session


A paratrooper from the 43rd Airborne Mechanised Battalion in Chrudim was fatally injured during a training session on Wednesday night after his parachute failed to open. He died in hospital a few hours later. The military has refused to comment on the incident pending the outcome of an investigation by the military police. A similar accident happened at Chrudim airport last year when paratroopers were testing a new type of parachute acquired by the army. A Defence Ministry spokesperson said the soldier’s family had been informed of the tragedy.