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Soldier killed in parachute jump ahead of wedding

By Chatchawal Kaewkrajai
The Nation

 

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A 29-year-old soldier was killed in a rice field in Lop Buri’s Muang district when his parachute failed to open during a practice jump on Monday afternoon.

 

Army Lieutenant Watcharapong Chantarachat from a Prachuap Khiri Khan infantry unit had jumped from a military airplane at 1.30pm. His body was found in Ban Tha Deu of tambon Nikhom Sang Tua-eng and was sent to Ananda Mahidol Hospital. Army officers at the scene declined to give comment, explaining a senior officer would later announce details about the incident.

 

The victim had been studying at the Erawan Military Camp’s Special Warfare School and was reportedly going to get married next month, a source said.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30373021

 

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10 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

RIP,his would be wife will be devastated,

better check the rest of the parachutes,

regards worgeordie

Yes.What he said.

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The chute packers must be more careful. It's a one way only alley.

RIP

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37 minutes ago, missoura said:

I never was involved with Cobra Gold, but I was an earth dart for Uncle Sam for several years. Back then our parachutes were packed by the riggers and the army had an effective and yet simple quality assurance program. This is how it worked. Riggers were randomly selected and they had to jump with the parachute they had just packed.  

 

This is me back in the day. I'm the one in camouflage...

 

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Picnic photo day for the 'leggs' ?

 

 

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This was the only time I ever took pictures on a jump while I was still in the sky under my canopy. This was just a static line jump in Special Forces probably about 20 years ago. I am retired military with 21 years of service and a 100% disabled veteran. But this is what a static line jump looks like. I was the person taking the pictures under my parachute. Very crude pictures but I was using a cheap disposable camera at the time. These pictures are actually screenshots of the Polaroid picture taken by my disposable camera in the sky.

 

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I think I met you in a bar in Chiang Mai, once

I’ve never been to any bars in Chiangmai but here you go

I originally took these pictures with a disposable camera over 20 years ago and these are now screenshots of the original developed pictures Polaroid style old school pictures. This is Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, North Carolina in these pictures.

That day I jumped with a disposable camera in my cargo pocket and after my chute opened I just started snapping a few quick photos, then I put my camera back in my pocket and I started quickly steering my parachute. These are the kind of static line chutes with the toggle knobs I forgot the type of parachute as in it’s specific model. But it’s ok if you were doubting my story I understand some people really do make up stories. But as you can see in the pictures. I wish I could send you some of my really cool pictures but I don’t want to post a picture of my face on this forum.

Anyway it really is sad about that young Thai paratrooper. My condolences to his fiancée and family I mean that. I used to do this stuff so I get it. Sometimes the Thai Army used to come to Fort Bragg and jump with us lots of countries did that all the time to earn foreign jump wings.

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wrong sort of jump


My pictures are from a regular static line jump I never took any pictures of any of my free fall jumps. Obviously my pictures are static line and NOT free fall. I actually said that above if you read it.

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I’ve never been to any bars in Chiangmai but here you go

 

I originally took these pictures with a disposable camera over 20 years ago and these are now screenshots of the original developed pictures Polaroid style old school pictures. This is Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, North Carolina in these pictures.

 

That day I jumped with a disposable camera in my cargo pocket and after my chute opened I just started snapping a few quick photos, then I put my camera back in my pocket and I started quickly steering my parachute. These are the kind of static line chutes with the toggle knobs I forgot the type of parachute as in it’s specific model. But it’s ok if you were doubting my story I understand some people really do make up stories. But as you can see in the pictures. I wish I could send you some of my really cool pictures but I don’t want to post a picture of my face on this forum.

 

Anyway it really is sad about that young Thai paratrooper. My condolences to his fiancée and family I mean that. I used to do this stuff so I get it. Sometimes the Thai Army used to come to Fort Bragg and jump with us lots of countries did that all the time to earn foreign jump wings.

 

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This is definitely what a Special Operations Static line jump looks like whenever we jumped during the day time anyway we usually jumped at night with full combat equipment. At the time I was in 3rd Special Forces Group on Fort Bragg, NC. This was just a daytime jump and that’s why this particular jump was a good opportunity to get a few decent pictures with an old fashioned disposable camera. These are screenshots of the original old school developed pictures. The Thai chute in the picture looks different. Anyway I really will pray for his family. Image1563237447.908180.thumb.jpg.2f021a0c9173c0019395848966972eb1.jpgImage1563237480.540374.thumb.jpg.1949036ccac043645ea12efae61c0cfb.jpg

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2 hours ago, missoura said:

Back then our parachutes were packed by the riggers and the army had an effective and yet simple quality assurance program. This is how it worked. Riggers were randomly selected and they had to jump with the parachute they had just packed.

We were told the very same thing at the OZ jump school. Not sure it was true, but was reassuring at the time.

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