National Guard paratrooper killed in practice jump at Delaware stadium

April 06, 1997|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

A Maryland National Guard paratrooper was killed Friday night while making a practice jump at a baseball stadium in Delaware before the home opener for the Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball team.

Master Sgt. David C. Horan Sr., 50, of Kent Island, was killed about 4 p.m. when he got tangled in a cable and fell about 90 feet, hitting a fence outside the stadium, said Capt. Drew Sullins, a National Guard spokesman. Horan was pronounced dead at Christiana Hospital in Delaware.

The parachute program scheduled to take place during opening day ceremonies for the Kansas City Royals farm team was canceled, but the game was played.

Horan, a retired Maryland state police trooper, was a member of the National Guard's Special Forces Unit and an experienced parachutist, Sullins said. His death was the first in the 30-year history of the parachute team.

The cause of the accident was not known last night, Sullins said. The Army is investigating.

The parachute team, which is based at the Gunpowder Falls Military Reservation, was jumping from a UH-1 Huey helicopter flown by Delaware National Guardsmen at an altitude of about 8,000 feet.

Pub Date: 4/06/97

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