Looks like 2015 is turning out to be a particularly unsafe year for skydiving enthusiasts. Just a month after the Inquisitr reported about a skydiving mishap in New Zealand where 13 skydiving enthusiasts had to jump out of their plane, we now have another case of a skydiving mishap that could have been fatal. What makes the story even more remarkable is the fact that the amazing event was caught on camera.
Sky News reports that the incident happened in Thailand in October of 2014. It is only now that the skydiving instructor who had the footage with him decided to upload it to YouTube. In the video, the skydiving instructor, identified as Forest Pullman, is seen leaping out of an aircraft along with a rookie skydiver. A few seconds after the duo jumped, the same plane that they had leapt off came dangerously close to them.
In the video, you can actually see Mr. Pullman pointing towards the plane. However, within seconds, the plane came right at them and passed right beneath them. The propellers and the wing of the aircraft just barely missed hitting the duo. The video was well-edited prior to Pullman uploading it, and you can clearly see how dangerously close the duo had gotten to the plane.
According to Pullman, the pilot made a 180-degree turn after the duo jumped out of the plane. This caused the aircraft to come right at them instead of moving away. He considers himself very lucky to be alive. All the while, Mr. Pullman’s skydiving partner was oblivious to the danger until the last moment, of course.
In the video description, he writes, “After an uneventful exit…. The pilot dove the airplane 180 degrees right at me and my tandem passenger. how we got so lucky?!?! Not sure. I have never heard of this happening. After some research and talking to friends about it I now know of two other incidents like this. One is on YouTube and he did not get as lucky as we did.”
He had also added comments within the video itself, writing, “Our bodies just missing the prop, wing, and tail.”
Later, his skydiving partner was told how close they had come to being sliced into pieces by the aircraft. In fact, even in the video, you can see Pullman wiping his forehead, probably relieved at being still alive after what happened.
The video ends with the message, “To live another day! But time to reconsider… BE SAFE OUT THERE!”
According to the Telegraph, Pullman has been skydiving for over 15 years and has jumped more than 100,000 times. He is a resident of Bangkok, Thailand. The video, needless to say, has been a huge hit and as we post this article, is going viral with over 600,000 views. At the rate it is going, we should be seeing the view counter hitting the million mark soon.
If you have been thinking of a skydiving trip, we wonder if this video would make you reconsider your decision.
[Image Via YouTube]