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Australian Army soldier dies after parachute incident

written by Robert Dougherty | March 7, 2024

Official portrait of Lance Corporal Jack Fitzgibbon. (Image: Defence)

The Australian Army has temporarily suspended all parachute training after an Australian Defence Force soldier died following a parachuting incident earlier this week.

Defence has confirmed that 2nd Commando Regiment soldier Lance Corporal Jack Fitzgibbon, son of former defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon, died following injuries sustained during a parachuting incident on 6 March.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway and Defence will not provide further comment on the incident while the investigation is occurring.

Lance Corporal Fitzgibbon’s father Joel Fitzgibbon, speaking on behalf of the Fitzgibbon family, said loved ones are devastated and heartbroken at the loss.

“We are devastated and heartbroken by the loss of our wonderful Jack. Serving in the special forces was Jack’s dream job and we take some comfort from the fact that he died serving his nation in a uniform of the ADF,” he said.


“Jack was a dedicated, highly skilled, and courageous soldier. He was an experienced parachutist.

“Our lives will never be the same without Jack, but we will always remain proud of him and his many achievements.”

Lance Corporal Jack Fitzgibbon was reportedly injured after his parachute failed to open near RAAF Base Richmond near Sydney, had first aid rendered at the scene before being taken to Westmead Hospital, according to The Guardian Australia.

A Defence spokesperson said the department’s main priority is to support Lance Corporal Fitzgibbon’s family.

“Our thoughts are with them (the Fitzgibbon family) and his friends as they grieve their loss,” they said.

“Defence takes every step to mitigate unnecessary risk, but unfortunately today we mourn the loss of a soldier and colleague.”

Defence has also confirmed that the Australian Army has suspended all parachute training operations. With Defence stating that an investigation into the cause of the accident is underway, it will not provide further comment on the incident while the investigation is occurring.

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