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Fort Lee suspends jump training after death

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Fort Lee has suspended parachute training while authorities investigate conditions that may have led to a soldier's death.

Pvt. Anthony Milo of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Thursday after becoming tangled in a power line near the base's landing zone.

The 24-year-old solider had parachuted from a UH360 Blackhawk during training with the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade.

Fort Lee officials say they're investigating whether wind speed played a role.

Base spokeswoman Sarah Trier says jump training is supposed to be canceled when winds reach 10 knots, or 11.5 mph.

The National Weather Service says winds Thursday measured 15 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph, at an airport 14 miles from the base.

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