US Army skydiver dies from Chicago air show injuries

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    A U.S. Army skydiver who had served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan died Sunday from injuries suffered in a midair collision with another jumper during a stunt at the Chicago Air & Water Show, authorities said.

    Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood of Cincinnati, Ohio, who had recently turned 32, was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, said Mario Johnson, a Cook County medical examiner's investigator.

    Hood had logged more than 200 free fall jumps and 75 military static line jumps during his career, according to his Army biography.

    The Army Golden Knights and Navy Leap Frogs parachute teams were performing what is known as a "bomb burst" Saturday when the collision occurred, Golden Knights spokeswoman Donna Dixon said. During the stunt, parachutists fall with red smoke trailing from packs and then separate, creating a colorful visual in the sky.

    Dixon said Hood collided with a member of the Navy's precision skydiving team.

    Hood was knocked unconscious, "which resulted in an uncontrolled offsite landing," Dixon said in a statement.

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