Oops, another friendly fire incident

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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
MacDonald.
The three injured band members were
treated and released from Irwin Army
Community Hospital. The parachutist,
Scott Hallock, refused treatment at the
scene.
“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
perform.
“We did soldier on,” he said. The band
played the division’s and the Army’s fight
songs, then sounded a trumpet cavalry
charge.

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