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U.S. Army paratrooper injured after landing near North Carolina

Two Special Forces paratroopers were injured Wednesday after missing their landing zone in a North Carolina block.

The paratroopers were rescued by Hawke County locals who came to the rescue after one of the soldiers hit the roof of a nearby house.

Major Rick Dickinson, a Fort Bragg spokesman, told the Army Times that one of the airborne members was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Another soldier was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Training is suspended for the day.

Both soldiers were members of the 3rd Special Forces (Airborne).

Military leaders told WRAL that paratroopers were using Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters for jump training at the St Mere-Eglise drop zone, about 8 miles from the crash site.

Two special forces paratroopers missed their target and landed on a suburban North Carolina block.

U.S. Army Special Operations Command did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment.

The 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) has a long history of service in peacetime and wartime. It is stationed at Fort Bragg and is the main special forces unit operating in Central Asia.

Special Forces perform seven key missions, including unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, counterterrorism, counterproliferation, and information operations.

One of the paratroopers was hospitalized in stable condition.

The incident comes after a U.S. soldier was tragically killed by a bear in Alaska this week.

Army Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant, 30, was identified Thursday as the soldier who died of his injuries in a bear attack on Tuesday at a remote training area at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson.

Plant was an infantryman with the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Regiment, who had deployed to Afghanistan and was later pronounced dead in a hospital at the military base.

North Carolina Paratroopers
Paratroopers are members of the 3rd Special Forces (Airborne) Group.

Last month, a 21-year-old paratrooper from New York state jumped to his death from a helicopter during a training exercise.

Spc. Abigail Jenks of Gansevoort was performing a static line jump on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Monday when she was mortally wounded, military officials say.

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