Navy SEAL Accident Ariz.: SEAL Killed In Mid-Air Collision [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on March 29, 2013 6:23 PM EDT

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A paratrooper participates in a Halo jump exercise from 30,000 feet. (Photo: YouTube)

A serious accident during a training exercise kills a Navy SEAL. Regarded as one of the most highly trained special operations military combat force in the world, Navy SEAL officers are subjected to some of the most rigorous and physically challenging tests in the world.

According to U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Kenneth McGraw, two SEALs of the East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit were conducting a "routine military free-fall training" exercise when a freak accident in a Southern Arizona facility occurred at about 12:30 p.m. MST.

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Pinal County Sheriff's officials claim that the two SEAL officers in mid-air and landed in separate areas. The two Navy SEAL officers were rushed to the University of Arizona Medical Center. One died for fatal injury while the other remains hospitalized on Friday. The surviving SEAL is in stable condition.

While the names of the two SEAL members were not revealed, the Department of Defense has confirmed that the deceased SEAL officer was an E-8-Senior Chief. The other SEA was E-6 Petty Officer First Class.

The Arizona parachute testing and training facility is located at the Pinal Airpark in Marana. The area is in rugged desert terrain northeast of Tucson.

Unfortunately, Thursday's parachuting accident was not the first. Five years ago, a Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL was also killed during a parachute training jump in Arizona.

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