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. 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 |
  2. 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 |
  3. k smith

    RIP SEAL. Thank you for your service.

    April 23, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 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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