Disturbing footage shows Thai paratrooper’s chute get caught on plane and subsequent fatal plummet

Beware, the following video is quite disturbing, at least from minute 03:50.

It shows the fatal incident occurred to a Thai paratrooper whose chute gets caught on plane while other military safely jump. The doomed soldier remains hooked to the plane for about 3 minutes, before straps fail and he falls into the ground without managing to open a reserve chute.

The plane can be seen turning (most probably returning to the homebase) at a lower speed, but it does not seem to climb to give the soldier enough clearance to open the emergency parachute (if any).

Few days ago a potentially tragic midair collision left 11 people (9 skydivers and 2 pilots) miraculously unhurt. In this case, the Thai paratrooper was not as lucky.

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7 Comments

  1. I would think the plane was turning to keep him over the dropzone. There should be dropzone personnel there with medical aid. Going back to homebase risks him departing over an area that may make for a long recovery. Aircraft looks to be at an altitude sufficient for him to deploy his reserve. He had his hands on his head indicating he was conscious. That is a sign that he can be cutaway so he can deploy his reserve. Pulling him back in could be a difficult chore, even with a static line retriever depending on how tangled he is with the other deployment bags.

  2. The stupidity, ignorance and arrogance of the author is astounding.

    After much research, i can find no evidence of this paratrooper having died

    “The plane can be seen turning (most probably returning to the homebase) at a lower speed,”

    What stupid assumptions. First, the practice is to circle over the area where safety and medical crews are located. The plane was orbiting for this reason. the ignorance of the author is clear in his assumption that the plane slowed down. On jump run, the speed is usually around 90 kts, which is not that much higher than the plane’s stalling speed. Slowing down would place the plane and all of it’s occupants in serious danger.

    “but it does not seem to climb to give the soldier enough clearance to open the emergency parachute (if any).”

    Really Mr Cenciotti?? Again you total lack of knowledge, and apparent laziness to research the subject is glaring. Training static line jumps are done at an altitude of at least 2500′, which is more than enough time to execute a cutaway, and open the reserve chute.

    Congratulations on adding to the sensationalizing of a mishap that happens on a fairly regular basis, usually with a positive and very unsensational ending

    • “After much research, i can find no evidence of this paratrooper having died”

      Your research was so accurate that you didn’t notice that the link to the footage showing the body of the fallen paratrooper can be found in this comment thread….(Erik’s post).

      Cheers

    • 1. on a hang up the plane should orbit and climb
      2. the paratrooper does exactly as this paratrooper does, hands behind head showing he is still alert. Good job and keeping your helmet too (best make it tighter next time)

      3. 1.winch back in, 2.pull back in 3.cut free with HUPRA(if used) last of all 4. cut free and it’s up to you buddy
      4. I only saw a bit of both but I’m sure the Static Line rig the Hung up paratrooper was wearing does not match the Free Fall rig of the deceased. did I see an Orange Free bag?

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