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Gust of wind leads to injuries for 13 paratroopers 

PAGE 19 Gust of wind leads to  injuries for 13 paratroopers

The accident happened at the National Training Centre in San Gregorio, in the vicinity of the city of Zaragoza.

The paratroopers, Spanish and American, were making a jump with 350 other soldiers from three aircraft when they were hit by a strong gust of wind.

The tactical exercise involved the Spanish VI Almogávares Brigade and a battalion of the 503 US Parachute Division, stationed in Vicenza (Italy).

Two soldiers suffered head injuries and one of them was knocked unconscious when he landed.

Seven of the injured paratroopers were Spanish nationality and six American.

The military was carrying out the first of the operations of the “Eagle Eyes” exercise to practice oparachute launches, as well as operations to take targets and consolidate ground positions. Another 250 parachutists in three other planes would not jump because of the weather conditions.