The Altus Times reported a story in the Wednesday, July 23 edition about a WWII Airborne Demonstration Team member that died in a tragic training exercise on Tuesday evening. Sharon Bennett, public affairs officer with the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team, released the following information today about the accident:
It is with sincere condolences and heart felt loss that the WW II Airborne Demonstration Team (ADT) acknowledges the loss of friend and team member Captain (Retired) James D. Yost on July 22. CPT Yost completed his ADT training and joined the team in January 2014. Given his prior service with the U.S. Army Special Forces, Jim was considered a true asset to the team. CPT Yost was an experienced parachutist, with 36 jumps while on active duty and approximately 10 jumps with the ADT.
CPT Yost apparently suffered a heart attack while engaged in jump operations at Frederick Army Air Field in Frederick on July 22. Notwithstanding the best efforts of medically trained personnel at the drop zone, they were unable to revive Jim upon his landing. He will be missed by his ADT family. “The jump was a standard jump, and well within the safety protocols of the FAA and ADT”, said COL Raymond Steeley, Commander of the ADT. “All FAA and ADT safety protocols were followed in Jim’s jump. The tragedy that occurred was not a result of any protocol breach on behalf of Jim or the team. Jim was a valuable member of the ADT family, and will be greatly missed.”
The Frederick EMT Squad responded and continued CPR and other medical procedures before CPT Yost was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. “I was called by the hospital at approximately 10 p.m., and was told by the attending doctor that she had examined CPT Yost and did not observe any trauma or bleeding,” said COL Steeley. “Jim didn’t report to anyone at ADT that he felt ill or otherwise in ill health prior to the jump.”
“CPT Yost will be dearly missed by the ADT family. The team extends its condolences to his friends and family, and requests prayers of comfort,” said COL Steeley.