Army Golden Knight parachutist killed in training jump; death under investigation

A member of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team died on Monday after being injured in a training jump.

The media was alerted of the death on Tuesday.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Ty Kettenhofen died from the injuries he sustained during the jump at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida, according to a statement from the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

More specific information about the mishap was not released. The accident is now the subject of an investigation, according to the statement.

The Golden Knights parachute team commander, Lt. Col. Andy Moffit, said Kettenhofen was “loved, admired, and respected by all those who knew him for his sense of humor, joy of life and accomplishments as a senior non-commissioned officer and demonstration parachutist.”

“The U.S. Army Parachute Team is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” Moffit stated. “Our hearts and faith are with his family and friends as we grieve and heal with them. Ty will be honored and remembered as a Golden Knight, Soldier, and friend.”

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