In the pre-dawn hours of March 15, 2019, Sgt. 1st Class Ethan Carpenter and his fellow Rangers were jumping with full combat equipment, oxygen masks, and night vision goggles. This is known as a full locker jump. 

The team would have spent hours in preparation prior to getting in the aircraft. This would have included refresher training if needed, pre-combat checks, and inspections of all equipment. The team would have received briefings from the jumpmaster regarding the drop zone and, independently of their preexisting familiarity. The team was ready.

According to the official report, after exiting the aircraft, one jumper experienced a parachute malfunction. He then collided with Carpenter, who was then seen parachuting in the wrong direction and into the trees surrounding the drop zone in Arizona.

Sgt 1st Class Ethan Carpenter, who had been assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia’s Regimental Special Troops Battalion, died of his injuries after a free-fall jump. Carpenter was a reconnaissance specialist assigned to the elite 75th Ranger Regiment’s special troops battalion at Fort Benning in Georgia.