Nightmare For Navy Parachutist

October 30, 1990

A Navy parachutist landed safely after his primary parachute failed to open during a jump before Saturday's U.S. Naval Academy homecoming football game.

The Leap Frogs, a parachute team that is part of the Navy SEALs special forces unit, parachuted into the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with the game ball just before the start of the game with James Madison University.

But one of the parachutists was forced to use a backup chute when his primary chute failed, said Naval Academy spokeswoman Carol Feldman. The chutist jettisoned his primary parachute into Weems Creek about 1:20 p.m.

The parachutist was not injured.

"It was definitely a parachute, not a parachutist," Feldman said.

And the ball? "They did manage to get the ball onto the field," she said.

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