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Ex-Navy SEAL Killed in Plane Jump

May 11, 2002

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SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) _ A former Navy SEAL and skydiving instructor died after he hit his head on a plane during a jump and fell to the ground without his parachute deployed.

Brad Foster, 42, of Virginia Beach, was one of 14 parachutists practicing for a show this weekend when he jumped from the plane Friday, officials said.

Foster, who had more than 4,000 jumps to his credit, likely died upon impact with the plane, fire Capt. James Judkins Jr. said.

Foster’s body was found in the back yard of a house about a quarter-mile from Suffolk Municipal Airport, where the flight originated.

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