Soldier survives 1,600ft fall when parachute fails to open in Indonesia

Soldier survives 1,600ft fall when parachute fails to open in Indonesia

Soldier SURVIVES falling 1,600ft from a plane when his parachute fails to deploy during training jump in Indonesia

  • Salman Krisnes, member of Indonesia’s ‘orange berets’, injured in training jump 
  • Video showed him plunging to earth after parachute got tangled during exercise 
  • But Salman miraculously survived the fall having fractured his right hip

This is the moment an Indonesian paratrooper plunged 1,600ft when his parachute got tangled during a training exercise – but miraculously survived. 

Salman Krisnes, a member of the country’s Quick Reaction Forces Command, was taking part in a training exercise at Sulaiman Air Base, east of the capital Jakarta, around 10.30am on November 8 when the accident happened.

Video captured from the ground showed Salman jumping from a low-flying Hercules C-130 aircraft along with other troops – but plunging from the sky when his parachute failed to open properly.

Despite the horrifying fall, the Indonesian Air Force said Salman survived with a fractured hip and is now recovering in hospital.

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This is the moment elite Indonesia paratrooper Salman Krisnes plunged to earth during a training jump last week when his parachute failed to open (left and right)

Colonel Gunawan, spokesman for the Quick Reaction Forces, said: ‘ One of the soldiers had an accident and was unable to control his parachute perfectly because several ropes were tangled when he jumped from the plane.

‘Due to this incident, the soldier suffered a fracture to his right hip and has received medical expert assistance.

‘He was referred to the Indonesian Air Force Hospital Salamun Bandung. Currently his condition is stable and he is being referred for further treatment.’ 

Indonesia’s Quick Reaction Forces Command – known as Kopasgat – are an elite special forces unit contained within the Indonesian Air Force.

They are known as ‘orange berets’ for the colour of their headgear and are often tasked with anti-terrorism operations.

Kopasgat are also tasked with seizing and defending airfields, responding to aircraft hijackings, intelligence operations, and parachuting into battle. 

A spokesman for the paratrooper unit said Salman survived the 1,600ft plunge with only a broken hip and is now in a stable condition in hospital

A spokesman for the paratrooper unit said Salman survived the 1,600ft plunge with only a broken hip and is now in a stable condition in hospital

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Chris Pleasance

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