The T-11 parachutes initially were praised as safer. Tests showed the new parachutes provide a slower, more stable descent than the
traditional mushroom-shaped style.
Now Army investigators say Staff Sgt. Jamal Clay fell to his death last month because his T-11 parachute malfunctioned. Clay died during a training exercise at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Investigators found "potential packing, inspection, quality control and functionality problems" with the T-11 parachute system.
Secretary of the Army John McHugh ordered the suspension of the parachute's use until a safety investigation is completed.
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