Last week, the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) reported the death of an East Coast-based decorated US Navy SEAL from Massachusetts.
According to the press release, Chief Petty Officer Michael Thomas Ernst participated in military free-fall training in an airfield in Marana, northwest of Tucson, when his parachute malfunctioned. His mishap was the first in the past six years.
Ernst was rushed to the University Medical Center in Phoenix, where he was pronounced dead around 2:07 PM (MST) Sunday, February 19, due to his fatal injuries.
The Navy did not disclose any information on how the mishap occurred, as the incident is still under investigation.