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Failed Parachute Leaves Soldier Dangling From Plane

Failed Parachute Leaves Soldier Dangling From Plane

A terrified paratrooper's ordeal as he was left dangling behind a plane on what was supposed to be a training jump has been revealed in a shocking video.

The soldier - wearing a Mexican paratrooper's uniform - is seen being dragged helplessly behind the aircraft at 3,000ft after his static line failed to deploy his parachute.

One observer on the plane said: "He was number 11 in a line of other jumpers throwing themselves out of the back of a training aircraft.

"Everyone ahead of him went smoothly and the line they attached to the plane pulled the ripcord perfectly.

"But this poor guy's cord seemed to get stuck on his parachute so he was being pulled behind, unable to free himself.

"There were three other jumpers who went after him so he was very lucky not to have been hit by one of his own colleagues."

The dramatic footage show the paratrooper spinning helplessly as he becomes caught in the plane's slipstream as his frantic colleagues try to pull him back in.

The two minute film finishes before the soldier has been successfully rescued but it is understood he made it back into the plane safely.

The soldier is said to be recovering in hospital.

Mexican military authorities have refused to comment and have not confirmed exactly where the incident took place.

Last year, a Thai paratrooper was killed in a static line jump training exercise after a similar mishap.

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