MANILA， April 8 (Xinhua) -- A Philippine air force paratrooper died on Thursday during a parachute training jump with U.S. troops in northern Philippines， military officials said.
Parachuting from a C130 plane， the soldier was supposed to land at an airport drop zone， but a wind gust blew him to the nearby sea， Philippine army spokesman Captain Celeste Frank Sayson said， calling it a "freak accident."
Sayson added that the paratrooper was rescued 15 minutes after the accident occurred at the Subic Bay in Zambales province， but died later in a hospital.
About 3，700 Philippine soldiers and 5，000 U.S. military personnel are participating in the 11-day Balikatan， or shoulder-to-shoulder military exercises that started on Monday.
Accident prevention is part of the programs of U.S.-Philippine military exercises， but accidents still occur. In 2000， a Philippine soldier was killed when he was run over by an amphibious vehicle during a beach landing exercise in Cavite province.