Investigators had yet to determine how the cords came to be wrapped around Pfc. Christopher P. Dona's neck during a jump Thursday evening at Hunter Army Airfield at Fort Stewart, the Savannah Morning News reported Saturday.
The 21-year-old soldier's colleagues found him unresponsive when they reached him and were unable to revive him, Lt. Col. Brian DeSantis, a Fort Benning-based spokesman for the 75th Ranger Regiment, told the newspaper.
"We don't have evidence that the parachute malfunctioned," DeSantis said. "It's not a case where the parachute didn't deploy. We don't know if the Ranger was knocked unconscious during the descent or when he landed or if he became entangled on the ground -- we're currently investigating all possibilities.
"I've never seen anything like this. This was a very routine proficiency jump. It was not part of a training exercise or anything. It was just jumping to practice jumping, something we do routinely. So, this is something that's out of the ordinary for us."
Dona was a native of Dudley, Mass. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as an automatic rifleman last August and returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan last month.