A participating army officer and a member of the Army Golden Knights parachute team, died last Sunday after an accident during their Airshow act.
Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood, 32, clashed with a member of the Navy Leap Frogs team during their “bomb burst” act. ABC7 Chicago reported that the officer hit a building and fell “about 30 stories” high as stated by a witness.
He hit an apartment building. He was sent to undergo surgery immediately after for his head injury. He didn’t survive.
The Navy officer he collided with fell and landed on North Avenue Beach. He suffered a broken leg and is expected to recover, CNN reported.
There is an ongoing investigation on why the accident happened.
Lt. Col. Matthew Weinrich, commander of the parachute team, said “Our focus right now is on supporting Corey’s family and grieving for our teammate,” he said in a Chicato Tribune report.
The Airshow accident act
The Airshow accident act was called “bomb burst” where all 13 participants were to hold hands in a circle “for about 15 seconds” according to Chicago Tribune.
Hood, who was from Cincinnati, Ohio, served in Afghanistan and Iraq, died at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was also logged more than 500 free falls, and have enlisted 10 years ago, according to the same report. He was called “an American Hero” by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “He defended our freedom, he amazed so many as a member of the Golden Knights, and he will be missed.”