March 29th, 2013
06:42 PM ET

SEAL Team Six member killed in accident

A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed and another was injured in a training accident in Arizona, a U.S. Department of Defense official said Friday.

The SEAL who was killed belonged to SEAL Team Six, the elite squad from which a team was selected to go after Osama bin Laden in Pakistan two years ago, a source said.

The accident occurred Thursday at a U.S. Special Operations Command parachute testing and training facility at Pinal Airpark, Arizona.

The SEALs were transported to the University of Arizona Medical Center, where one remains hospitalized, the official said.

The accident is under investigation, the official said.

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  1. ryan

    now im not one of those crazy conspiracy theorists, but A TRAINING EXCERSISE? Thats ALWAYS used as a cover story. just admit it he was killed in some top secret operation (you dont need to tell us what the operation was about)

    April 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • VETERAN

      I served in the SF. Go cuddle your cat and leave the fighting to the big boys.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dmx1

    SEAL team 6 should be send to syria,n.korea and iran to do operations because we need a peaceful world.americans could have voted for republicans to finish these games.obama is sympathizing with terrorists now look at boston and not yet!!!!!!

    April 16, 2013 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • DirtyD

      How does your post make any sense? Oh thats right it doesn't and I will tell you why. Because Obama ordered the killing of Bin Laden. Where is your logic that he feels sorry for terrorists. I think you need another excuse.

      April 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    Before you dismiss it completely out of hand, keep in mind that Special Forces made a habit of "bodywashing" during our 1980s intervention in El Salvador – training accidents were staged to disguise the combat deaths of U.S. personnel in Central America.

    April 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff

    I had a friend in SF and he said whenever someone was killed on a clandestine mission, they would classify it as a "training accident" because the government couldn't acknowledge what they were actually doing. He also said that due to the type of training they did, people sometimes died during training. So when a SF trooper died during training, maybe he did, maybe he didn't.

    April 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. k smith

    RIP SEAL. Thank you for your service.

    April 23, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Theo

    WHen i saw the article headline i knew the TINFOIL hat people would be here that are more predictable then the weather in LA

    April 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Donnie the Lion

    Sad......we lose so many great men and women not only in combat, but in training exercises. I know they are a critical part of success in combat situations, it just saddens me to read about at least 10-20 training deaths every year.

    April 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
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