Golden Knights parachutist dies after accident at Chicago Air & Water Show

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CHICAGO -- A parachutist with the US Army Golden Knights has died after a mid-air collision at the Air and Water Show.

Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood died Sunday at Northwestern Hospital. He was 32.


Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood , 32

On Saturday, he was involved in a mid-air accident with Tim Holland, a member of the US Navy parachute team.

Holland broke his leg, but landed on North Avenue Beach.

Holland's parents tell WGN that he and Hood collided at about 120 miles per hour.

After the collision, Hood drifted toward a high-rise, and hit the building before crashing to the ground.

Officials are investigating why Hood and Holland collided in mid-air.

Hood served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned two bronze stars.

He had been jumping with the Golden Knights since 2010. He is survived by his wife.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued the following statement after Hood's death:

"Amy and I are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Sergeant First Class Corey Hood, and our thoughts are with his family, friends and the entire Golden Knights community. Sergeant Hood is an American hero, having dedicated nearly half his life in service to our nation, and having bravely served five tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He defended our freedom, he amazed so many as a member of the Golden Knights, and he will be missed."