Air Force releases findings in deadly freefall training accident

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The Air Force Special Operations Command has released its findings into a parachute training jump that killed two Airmen.

Two Air Forces Special Tactics Airmen were killed during a free fall jump back in August of 2015. According to the U.S. Air Force the two men “sustained a non-survivable head-to-head collision” during the jump.

Tech. Sgt. Marty Bettelyoun, a combat controller and Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer, Jr., a tactical air control party Airman, were killed.

Investigators ruled the cause an accident stating Officer failed to “see and avoid” Bettelyoun.

“Our hearts go out to the family members and friends of those lost in this accident," said Brig. Gen. Vincent Becklund, who led the accident investigation board and currently serves as the deputy chief of the office of security cooperation in Iraq.

“This unfortunate and tragic accident resulted in the loss of two highly trained combat veterans, and we hope the findings bring closure to the loved ones of our fallen Airmen.”

According to the U.S. Air Force website, Bettelyoun was a 15-year combat veteran with multiple deployments to several combat zones and sensitive areas around the world.

Officer was a 14-year combat veteran with multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He earned multiple medals in combat including two Bronze Stars (one with Valor) for his actions.

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