A smokejumper in Idaho died in a parachuting accident, according to CBS News on Sept. 28. Mark T. Urban, 40, died during a training exercise when his parachute did not deploy properly.
Investigators are unsure at this point what specifically caused the malfunction. They are not speculating about exactly what transpired, whether it was that the parachute did not open properly or malfunctioned in some other manner.
The smokejumper in Idaho died at the scene after a paramedic was brought in by helicopter and was unable to save Urban. The accident happened during a proficiency training. Mark Urban was the second smokejumper out of the airplane, though it was unclear how many were taking part in the training exercise.
Mark Urban had been a smokejumper for a decade, and had done hundreds of jumps. Smokejumpers are required to do a jump at least every couple of weeks during the fire season to stay sharp, and this was one of those training jumps for Urban. The Idaho smokejumper community is devastated by this shocking loss.
The smokejumper in Idaho is survived by his parents and his wife Rebecca.