Crews rescue parachutist dangling from Arizona power lines

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 19:12:04-05

ARIZONA CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A military parachutist who dropped onto high-voltage power lines in southern Arizona had to dangle for several hours before he could be rescued by firefighters and utility crews.

Firefighters had to arrange to have the lines de-energized before crews could use a ladder truck to rescue the parachutist Friday.

The jump went awry south of Arizona City near a small private airport that had been the planned landing point for the training jump.

Southern Arizona is popular for parachute jumps, including training for military personnel.

Ian Mackenzie, military operations director for Airborne Support Group, an Arizona company that runs the drop zone, says the parachutist was making the jump with other members of a small group of military personnel from a foreign country.