Family of U.S. Special Forces soldier who died in skydiving accident sues Santa Ana-based parachute manufacturer – Orange County Register

Capt. James Ahn (Courtesy of US Army)

SANTA ANA – The parents of a 29-year-old United States Special Forces soldier who fell to his death in a skydiving exercise is suing a Santa Ana-based manufacturing company alleging that the accident was cause by a stitching defect in his parachute.

Capt. James M. Ahn died on Sept. 11, 2015 after he jumped out of a small airplane during a routine training operation with his team over the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Authorities found his body in the woods after a 10-hour search, according to news reports.

In their wrongful death lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court on Monday against Airborne Systems North America, Jacob and Karen Ahn say an Army investigation determined their son’s death was largely caused by a manufacturing defect in his pack’s reserve parachute.

“The Army found that the manufacturing defect was…

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