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Navy SEAL Team 6 Member Killed In Parachuting Accident

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The Navy SEAL killed in a parachuting accident this week in Arizona had been a member of the elite Team 6 which killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

One SEAL died and another was injured when they collided during parachute training in Tucson on Thursday.

E-8 senior chief was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center, according to the Department of Defense, where he was pronounced dead. The injured E-6 petty officer first class was also taken there and was in stable condition Friday.

The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the U.S. Special Operation Command facility in Pinal Airpark, according to military officials.

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Since February, this is the second military training accident to occur. A mortar explosion at Hawthorne Army Depot in the Nevada desert killed seven marines and injured seven others on Mar 18.

A Navy official said in a statement that the two sailors were undergoing a free-fall routine before opening their parachutes, noting it is a typical exercise to maintain readiness.

According to a source who is familiar with the matter, the sailor who died was part of the SEAL Team 6 responsible for the operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed bin Laden in 2011. It is unclear whether he actually took part in the bin Laden killing.

Lt. Cmdr. David McKinney, spokesman for the Naval Special Warfare Command said he “was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit.”

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The other sailor who was injured is also a SEAL, but there is no word whether he was part of Team 6.

Neither sailor was identified, and the Navy did not say whether the incident is under investigation.

Sources: New York PostCNN