Oops, another friendly fire incident

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  1. Parachutist Lands on Military Band
    FORT RILEY, Kan. (July 18) A
    parachutist went off course Thursday at
    the start of a military review and dropped
    feet first
    into the 1st Infantry Division’s
    band, injuring three players.
    Several thousand people watched as the
    man under the red, white and blue
    parachute landed on the 30member
    band, about 50 yards off target. A gasp
    went up from the crowd, followed by
    silence as at least a dozen people rushed
    over to help.
    “I hear, ‘Oh, expletive,’ and immediately, I
    hear a crash,’” said the band’s
    commander, Chief Warrant Officer Scott
    The three injured band members were
    treated and released from Irwin Army
    Community Hospital. The parachutist,
    Scott Hallock, refused treatment at the
    “We know that they’re going to be all
    right,” said Gen. Charles Campbell, head
    of the Army’s Forces Command, during
    opening remarks.
    Two tubas were destroyed, said Mike
    Keating, assistant chief of the post’s Fire
    Department. MacDonald said a trumpet
    was also damaged.

    MacDonald said band members had been
    standing, waiting for the start of the
    ceremony and weren’t looking up. He said
    they didn’t hear anything except a brief
    rustling of the jumper’s parachute.
    He hit the back row, landing feet first,
    MacDonald said.
    Band member Sgt. Rachel Boggs was
    knocked unconscious and had a fractured
    jaw, hospital spokeswoman Lisa Medrano
    said. Sgt. Andrew Spinazzolla suffered
    minor neck and head injuries and had a
    fractured ankle, Medrano said. Staff Sgt.
    Mark Lucero sustained what Medrano
    called a minor leg injury.
    Two parachutists jumped from a singleengine
    plane at about 6,000 feet. Keating
    said the second jumper’s parachute lines
    apparently became tangled, pulling him
    off course.
    MacDonald said he wondered briefly
    whether he had enough members left to
    “We did soldier on,” he said. The band
    played the division’s and the Army’s fight
    songs, then sounded a trumpet cavalry

    So do the US issue tubas need more armor or better mobility to prevent such losses in the future?